Shirley Valentine, Blue Bridge Theatre, a review

I’m an un-abashed Nicola Cavendish and Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre fan with a penchant for plucky characters of the sort portrayed in the award-winning Willy Russell play Shirley Valentine.  I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing Cavendish in her initial Victoria performance of Shirley Valentine at the Belfry Theatre in 1991, and interviewed her recently about her evolution in the role (the Victoria run culminates a current Canadian tour that … [Read more...]

Nicola Cavendish IS Shirley Valentine, an interview. Appearing May 15-20 in Victoria.

Celebrated Canadian actor Nicola Cavendish has played Shirley Valentine more than 600 times, but the upcoming shows in Victoria May 15th – 20th may be her last in this role. After recent triumphant runs in Winnipeg and Calgary, she generously made time out of a full schedule to talk to me about the significance of the role and play (25 years after its creation by Willy Russell) not only for the audience, but to her personally. In particular I … [Read more...]