Beginning a week’s residency, tonight’s opening show is part of a six-leg UK 30th anniversary revival tour, first premiered in 1986. Russell’s bitter/sweet comedy of self-discovery by the put upon wallflower, Shirley Valentine, later became an Oscar nomination hit in 1989 with the screenplay adaptation also by Russell. Inevitably it is against the film’s defining benchmark that tonight’s performance resonates in the audience’s memory.
As she moves on from her posting, the BBC's Southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen looks back on nearly 12 years of reporting from the continent. Africa is not a country. It is a continent that feels like it has come of age.