Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw

directed by Mollie Eliza Manns

Presented at the

Nuffield Theatre

on

Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd January 2005

The Director, Mollie Eliza Manns wrote:

Bernard Shaw, as his family wish him to be known, declared - "I am a moral revolutionary, interested, not in class war, but in the struggle between human vitality and the artificial struggle of morality, and distinguishing, not between capitalist and proletarian, but between moralist and natural historian."

Some of the ideas about class and morality are expressed in Pygmalion, particularly in some of the speeches delivered by Alfred Doolittle, arguably Shaw's mouthpiece. In the story of Ovid, Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved his perfect woman who, when she came to life, was the ideal woman who always did as he bade her!! Eliza Doolittle did not always do as ordered by Professor Higgins. However he did create a new woman capable of becoming almost anything she wished.

It is fascinating to ponder what she may have become - especially after the world changed in 1914.

In his preface to Pygmalion Shaw wrote - "The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it. They spell it so abominably that no man can teach himself what it sounds like. It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him. German and Spanish are accessible to foreigners: English is not accessible even to Englishmen. The reformer England needs today is an energetic phonetic enthusiast: that is why I have made such a one the hero of this popular play".


Cast
Child 1 Olivia Thomas
Child 2 Georgia Griffiths-Hackett
Child 3 Ce-nedra Browne
Child 4 Talison Browne
Prostitute 1 Rachel Thomas
Prostitute 2 Sarah russell
Client Jonny Hearn
Flower Girl 1 Nicky Lee
Flower Girl 2 Alex Austin
Beggar Ron Randall
Theatre goer 1 Alan Watson
Theatre goer 2 Jo Iacovou
Theatre goer 3 David Collis
Theatre goer 4 Moyra Allen
Pick pocket Richard Hackett
Bystander Jez Minns
Sarcstic bystander Adam Taussik
Freddie Aynsford-Hill Matt Avery
Clara Eynsford-Hill Rachael Courage
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill Hazel Burrows
Eliza Doolittle Karen Bridle
Colonel Pickering Guy Boney
Professor Henry Higgins Ian Morley
Mrs. Pearce Christine Baker
Alfred Doolittle Albie Minns
Mrs Higgins Avril Woodward
Parlour Maid 1 Jo Iacovou
Parlour Maid 2 Alex Austin

For the Maskers
Director Mollie Eliza Manns
Production Manager Richard Hackett
Costumes Serena Brown
Lighting Design Colin Maltby
Lighting Assistants Paul Mills, David Fancett, Tony Lawther
Sound Martin Clift
Stage Manager Angie Barks
Marketing Angie Stansbridge
Properties Gill Buchanan, Ella Lockett, Liz Hall,Alison Tebutt, Maria Head
Set Design John Hamon
Set Construction David Jupp, Graham Buchanan, John Hamon
Photography Clive Weeks
Poster Design John Hamon
Stage Crew Phil Moody, Ralph Bateman, John Johns, Mark Scobles, Adrian Davis, Vijay Desai, Anne Waggott

Our thanks to;

Hampshire Museum Service - Southampton Heritage Services - Worsfords - Grace McGowan for her hard work on this production - Members of Maskers for loaning props and furniture.


Read the pre-show press in the two articles below:

 

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