The smash hit one-woman play, ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette,’ by award-winning actor, playwright and comedian Shelley Marshall comes to King’s Theatre on March 10 for its Nova Scotia debut.
It took Marshall 10 years to create the piece, which explores her life’s ups and downs through a mix of stand-up, improve, and theatre. The variations amplify the complex emotions in a way that resonates with the audience and pulls them deeper into the story.
Marshall moved from Toronto to Bear River last year.
For five years ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’ was sold out in theatres in Toronto and surrounding cities, receiving gold in the category of ‘Best Theatre Production’ in 2013, ‘Best New Discovery’ by Now Magazine, and saw Marshall nominated ‘Best Female Stand Up’ in Canada by the Canadian Comedy Awards.
Marshall also served as host of the popular televised Hamilton Music Awards for four years.
The response to her show has been spectacular, touching people so deeply that audiences have lined up for more than an hour to share their own stories with her.
It’s been described as raw and sweet, funny and heart-breaking all at once, an emotional romp from heart-wrenching to gut laughing.
“She had you in the palm of your hand from the opening scene,” said one patron, while another said “Shelley Marshall was so brilliant! It really is very emotional to watch her story come to life. But the fact it could be so bloody funny as well?”
Marshall’s show has made a significant contribution to raising mental health awareness.
“I knew creating works of art that expressed my experience, my truth, and my understanding would bring a joyful purpose to my life,” she said. “I feel I not only have an opportunity, but obligations, to convey a message that can help people heal.”
Blazing uncharted trails, this comedic whirlwind production leaves audiences breathless.
Tickets are available by contacting the King’s Theatre Box Office at 532-7704 or online at kingstheatre.ca.