Current Production


Tadpole Productions regretfully announce that their planned production of Shirley Valentine this May has been postponed until May 2021, due to the coronavirus restrictions. The safety of our audience, cast and crew must take priority. Those who have already booked for this May please contact the PumpHouse re your booking. We look forward to seeing you next year for this wonderful show. Although a major show is not possible, we are still planning on being able to bring you some alternative entertainment this year and will update you as soon as confirmed. Thank you for your support of Tadpole. Take care everyone as the world ‘resets’.

Shirley Valentine – the original Desperate Housewife!

Willy Russell’s classic character has been much beloved by audiences around the world for over thirty years, both on stage and screen. A wonderful vehicle for a solo actress, Tadpole Productions have now teamed up with talented singer, comedian and all round great entertainer Jackie Clarke, who brings  a fresh approach to the title role for their May production NEXT year, directed by Janice Finn. Equally well known on stage and in film Jackie was named Top Female Artist by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand in 2016.

Shirley Valentine is a delightful, relatable character. A forty-something housewife from the north of England, suffering from eroded self-esteem after decades being trapped in a loveless marriage, she has become bored and lonely. Her eyes are opened to the world outside the walls of her kitchen during a trip to Greece with her girlfriend. Things will never be the same again, as she takes us on a poignant and hilarious ride to regain her love of life, with her indomitable spirit to the fore. The ten characters in the play are all seen through Shirley’s eyes, lovingly and wickedly brought to life courtesy of Russell’s witty but thoughtful script, as Shirley makes the gutsy journey from wilted to wacky.