A new play about the tumultuous life of Welsh performer Dorothy Squires is to be staged at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.
Dorothy Squires spent her teenage years living at her parents home in New Road, Dafen, where a commemorative Blue Plaque - sponsored by her ex-husband Roger Moore - has now been placed to comemorate her early life in the village. According to Llanelli Community Heritage, Dorothy's first claim to fame was winning a skipping race at the opening of Dafen Welfare Club's sports day, in 1926. But her real talent was singing, and this, coupled with her sense of determination would catapult her to worldwide stardom. During her time in Dafen, local press reports state that she worked at a local tinplate works, and locals remember her singing and playing the ukelele in her back garden, and singing to the local boys on Dafen Bridge. She returned many times to visit the area during the height of her stardom.
Her career was plagued by turmoil and litigation, ending in bankruptcy, and the play staged in Sherman Cymru reveres this fallen hero. One of its playwrights Johnny Tudor, a veteran performer of the stage and screen, and a close friend of Dorothy Squires said, "I wanted to write this play because having known Dorothy all my life and appeared with her many times including the famous Palladium Concerts in the ’70s, have an in depth knowledge of this remarkable woman’s life; not just the showbiz glitz and glamour but the human story behind it. In my opinion the tale of this extraordinary larger than life, talented Welsh woman is worth telling. Dorothy is certainly one of our unsung heroes and still has a lot of fans to this day."
Say It With Flowers runs at Sherman Cymru from May 15th - 25th, starring Welsh actress Ruth Madoc and West End performer Gillian Kirkpatrick as the famous singer at different stages of her life.
Read more: Wales Online http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/showbiz/2013/03/27/new-play-about-life-of-dorothy-squires-to-open-at-sherman-theatre-91466-33064265/#ixzz2OpB8dzY
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