Nora McLellan will star in a production of the Willy Russell comedy SHIRLEY VALENTINE. Shirley is a bored, lonely, working class Liverpool housewife. As she prepares dinner, she ponders her life and speaks aloud (though no one else is present) about her family, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece. Shirley secretly packs her bags, heads for the sun and begins to see the world and herself very differently. The production will run from 22 May to 10 June at the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia, Ontario (about 30 kilometers southeast of Sarnia). Tickets are now on sale. A video of McLellan in rehearsal for the play is available on Vimeo. McLellan tweeted on 15 May that “Shirley Valentine opens with a song by @mariadkennedy and Kieran Kennedy!”
Maria Doyle Kennedy is George Cusak in the second series of the Irish legal drama STRIKING OUT, which stars Amy Huberman as Dublin solicitor Tara Rafferty, who launched her own legal firm after discovering her that fiancé was having an affair with a colleague. Kennedy’s character, who is a heavy smoker, joins the firm and shares an office with Rafferty.
Huberman told Lori Aken of TV Insider: “I was so shocked when I heard that Maria was joining, because I have been a massive fan of hers as an actor, as a person, as a musician…She and Tara end up together on a case that has to do with Ray [Emmet Byrne]. George is formidable and she’s tough and she’s really strong. They end up sharing an office space, so they spend a lot of time together and Tara looks at her just like, ‘Wow, that woman takes no crap. I need to be a bit more like that.'” STRIKING OUT airs on RTÉ One in Ireland. All ten episodes of STRIKING OUT can be streamed in the US on Acorn TV.
Ari Millen will be Reggie in I’LL TAKE YOUR DEAD, the story of William (Aidan Devine) who uses his little farm in the country to dispose of the casualties of gang wars in a nearby city. After a woman’s body, is dumped at the house, William begins his meticulous process of corpse disposal and then realizes that this paticular one is not dead. William patches the woman up and holds her (against her will) until he can figure out what to do with her. After a while, the two develop a kind of respect for one another, but her would-be killers find out she’s still alive and make plans to finish what they started. Jess Salguiero (Luisa in “Insolvent Phantom of Tomorrow“) is also in the cast. Filming began in January in Orillia, Ontario.