CHRIS THURMAN: ‘Shirley Valentine’ is a rescue act from the ’80s but still very funny
In this version of the play starring Natasha Sutherland, Shirley meets A-ha to tell a quietly redemptive tale
I’ll admit to a certain bias. Sue Diepeveen, veteran of the SA stage and screen — and for the past six years the owner-manager of the Drama Factory in Somerset West — has generously allowed me to take up some of her theatre’s office space. So anything I write that is linked to the Drama Factory should come with a minor disclaimer.
Nevertheless, I do love the place. I love its unusual location: in a business park along the N2 highway, with the townships of Nomzamo and Lwandle on one side and the light industria of Strand on the other. The surrounding area offers natural beauty and leisure aplenty: beach, vineyard, mountain. But this part of the Helderberg is about work. Here people make stuff. ..