Emmerdale's Adele Silva stars in 51 Shades of Maggie
FORMER Emmerdale star Adele Silva is heading to Llanelli to star in smash hit comedy 51 Shades of Maggie.
Following sell-out shows in Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin earlier this year, the production has embarked on a 27-venue tour of the country, and will be stopping off at Ffwrnes from Wednesday, October 30 until Friday, November 1.
Initially written by Leesa Harker as a Facebook-based spoof blog of the best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey, the blog was so well received in its own right that it went viral, reaching tens of thousands of followers in a matter of days, and it has now been specifically adapted for the stage.
Speaking to the Star, Adele, who played Kelly Windsor in the ITV soap, said: "It's been going really well, we have been doing it all over now in places like Newcastle and Blackburn and it's been really, really good.
"Every audience is different and people laugh in different places — it's really weird, but it is being received well.
"I play Maggie, who is desperate to find Mr Right and she meets this Christian Grey sort of character and is not sure if it's Mr Right or Mr Right Now!
"I read the books but when I was sent the script and read it through I thought it was really, really funny and thought it would be great to do a comedy — especially a one woman show.
"It's funny material, really great material. It's very different from my role of Kelly, it's great to be able to do some comedy. I always try to play different roles."
The play first hit the Belfast stage in January 2013, selling out all 9,000 seats, and went on to have extended runs in Dublin and Glasgow.
It tells the story of the loveable Maggie Muff and her search for love.
As a working-class girl, Maggie has been let down by all the men in her life, and as she attends an interview at the social security office, she meets the handsome Mr Big, who could just be the man of her dreams — but will his Private Room of Pain put her off?
Adele said she had never visited west Wales before but was excited at the prospect.
She said: "I have not been to Llanelli before, I'm really looking forward to it and I am practising how to pronounce it! I don't want to offend anybody.
"I'm there for three days so that will definitely give me some time to have a look around.
"I usually put something on Twitter telling people where I am and if there are any recommendations on where to go — that is usually quite interesting when people leave their suggestions as they know about some diamonds to visit that you wouldn't otherwise find.
"We have had a lot of guys coming to see the show, I would say to anyone thinking of coming to get all the girls together in the office or wherever they work and come along.
"They are guaranteed a good night out, it is very funny and has something for everyone."