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How i would direct scenes 30 to 33 of Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine.

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Shirley Valentine Willy Russell wrote in 1989. It features one main character, Shirley valentine, who is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall whilst she prepares her husbands chips and fish, wandering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like 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. In this essay, I am going to show how I would direct scenes 30 to 33 of Shirley Valentine. In these scenes, Shirley meets up with Marjorie Majors who is Shirley's schoolmate but were very great enemies when they were in school because Shirley had a Liverpool Ian accent whilst Marjorie had a very posh and clear English accent. ...read more.


When Marjorie spots Shirley, she is both surprised and concerned. I would show this by telling the actor to speak in a very astounding way and to spread her hands open to embrace her. Shirley is friend "dumbfounded" by the chance meeting and I would have her show this by opening her mouth full of surprise and happy to see her old school friend. As they enter the hotel, Shirley Still thinks that Marjorie is an airhostess and that she is better than her. I would have Shirley staring at the room and the clothes Marjorie is wearing. As they sit down to tea, Marjorie is very relaxed while Shirley is not. I would show this by Shirley standing and staring at the nice room whilst Marjorie sits there and have her cup of tea. ...read more.


They each confess that they secretly hated each other. To show that it is no longer two strangers but two old friends who are catching up, I would have them embrace each other and say sorry to support this In scene 33, the women say sorry to each other. They should say their lines very depressingly and feeling very sorry for what they have been treating each other to show that they obviously feel real affection for each other as they part. At the hotel entrance, Marjorie car pulls up and they said good-bye. It is a sweet yet sad parting and I would show this by making them embrace each other. The audience should be left feeling that Shirley gained some confidence through this chance meeting, and wondering if it has given her enough courage to tell her husband that she is going to Greece without him. Adwoa Agyiriwa Acquah `10c ...read more.

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