INTERVIEW: BBC’s I’d Do Anything star Jodie Prenger is Shirley Valentine in one-woman show

PUBLISHED: 15:08 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:08 14 June 2017

Jodie Prenger - Shirley Valentine

Jodie Prenger - Shirley Valentine


The show is coming to Tunbridge Wells’ Assembly Hall

Next month, Shirley Valentine will be on stage in Tunbridge Wells performed by Jodie Prenger, who rose to fame through BBC talent show, I’d Do Anything.

The one person show, follows the well-known story of Shirley a Liverpool housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall.

Where has her life disappeared to? Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for two weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself very differently.

“Doing a one-woman show is very daunting but brilliant too,” said Jodie. “I am out of my comfort zone playing Shirley but it’s also such an honour, as the show sends a really lovely message, and the play is written so well.

“I can relate to Shirley though, as even at her darkest moment, when she’s in a rutt, she’s always brutally honest with herself, and I like that. My grandma has always said you should say what you see and that’s something I stick by.

“Obviously it is a story most people already know, but I don’t think people expect the message to show on stage. It does though and it makes you think about your life, and whether you’ve done enough with it. Threre’s loads of humour, and stories that all the audience will be able to relate to, which is a great rariety in theatre.”

Though Jodie has great admiration for the whole play, she does also have her favourite parts.

“The one liners have to be the best bits for me,” she said. “Shirley doesn’t hate her family, she just needs to go off and do her own thing for a bit.

“The one bit of advice I would give the audience before they come to the show is to make sure you’ve eaten, as I cook egg and chips live on stage. You can do that or wait until after the show so you can have a chip butty.”

Shirley Valentine is coming to Tunbridge Wells’ Assembly Hall from July 3 - 8.

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