Faith Healer – May 2021
This fascinating play consists of four parts. Monologues are given, in order, by a ‘Faith Healer’, Hardy; his wife, Grace; his manager, Teddy, and finally Hardy again.
It tells the intriguing story of Hardy, in particular a remarkable incident in a Welsh village where he cures ten people. His manager Teddy reveals that the life of Grace his wife, was beset by tragedy. Hardy ponders whether his gift is real or not. In Hardy’s second monologue he agonises near his home after being unable to heal a cripple. He says that he knows he will not be able to heal him and, seemingly going to face death, he feels a sense of homecoming. The audience has a lot to ponder, both during and after, this brilliant, thought provoking play.
Shirley Valentine – October 2021
Shirley’s a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband’s chip’n’egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she’s stagnated and in a rut. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.