Flamboyant, stubborn and always ready with a sharp one liner… Dorothy Squires was the pint sized phenomenon who rose from the Llanelli tin works to the heights of the West End and Broadway to become one of Britain's most successful performers.
Her life was as dramatic as her songs and was often the focus of media attention; her electrifying on-stage presence, her sell-out comeback concerts at the London Palladium and her tempestuous marriage to Roger Moore, were overshadowed by her predilection for litigation and battles with Rupert Murdoch, resulting in her being made a vexatious litigant.
This rags to riches story follows Dorothy's journey ending with her sad demise, back where she started, in South Wales.
Written by Meic Povey and Johnny Tudor, Say It With Flowers features some of Dot’s best loved songs. Everyone loves a fighter and Dorothy certainly did it her way – but where did it all go wrong?
'Both Ruth Madoc and Gillian Kirkpatrick are brilliant in their roles of the older and younger Dorothy. I cannot recommend enough how fabulous this play is. I wish it huge success.'
Paul Goodhead - Audience member
"This drama from Sherman Cymru, penned by Meic Povey and Squires' close friend Johnny Tudor, is a remarkable - if often painful - tribute to her."
"Scottish actress Gillian Kirkpatrick is simply stunning as the younger ambitious Dorothy"
"...one of the best biographical dramas you'll see."
Western Mail 5 stars – Karen Price
"Say It With Flowers overflows with a recognisably Welsh sense of vitality and sentimentality but above all, the nation's grit and character is affectionately celebrated through the story of this very Welsh girl.”
Big Issue 4 stars
"The play felt refreshing and really honest, it did not sugar coat any of her negative qualities and offered a raw portrayal of a desperately ambitious and driven woman; fiery, ruthless and strong."
The Sprout / Clic online
By: Johnny Tudor, Meic Povey
Director: Pia Furtado
Designer: Georgia Lowe
Lighting Designer: Katharine Williams
Composer / Musical Director: Dyfan Jones
Sound Designer: Mike Beer
Older Dorothy: Ruth Madoc
Younger Dorothy: Gillian Kirkpatrick
Emily: Heledd Gwynn
Maisie: Lynn Hunter
Roger: Matt Nalton
Freddie: Aled Pedrick