Written and performed by Julie Hesmondhalgh, Julie Likes to Draw Squirrels is a coming-of-age story set in Lancashire.
A charming and personal tale of childhood and adolescence, the performance depicts Hesmondhalgh’s formative years – from growing up in Accrington to being offered the role of Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street.
With a humorous focus on the power of words and the importance of nature.
Heartwarming and funny, the show is inspired by Hesmondhalgh’s father’s journals and notebooks – which she discovered following his death. With a humorous focus on the power of words and the importance of nature, the show hopes to offer audiences a little respite from the chaos of the Christmas period.
Directed by Sameena Hussain, the one-woman show is being performed as a fundraiser for The Edge, Chorlton. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session.
A charming and personal tale of childhood and adolescence.
Of the show, Hesmondhalgh said: ‘I wanted to do something to support some of the theatres I love best in the North West and thought that this little show – about growing up in our part of the world – might be something that audiences might like: a bit of a diversion from the madness of the world during the festive season. It’s a very personal show about my childhood and family, about the importance of words and nature, about the healing power of daftness. And, of course, about what it felt like to finally get a part in the world’s longest-running soap after years of being asked, “So. When will we see you on Corrie?”.’
Julie Likes to Draw Squirrels will also play at Oldham Coliseum on the 21 December.