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Pygmalion

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

September 24, 25, 26 & 27, 1986.


Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw

 

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Directed by
Lorraine Hanner

Cast

Trudy Nash – Clara

Margaret Ockenden – Mrs. Eynsford-Hill

Peter Joyce – Freddy

Lorraine Hanner – Eliza

Ronald Cheesman – Colonel Pickering

Paddy Buxton – Professor Higgins

Daphne Thornton – Mrs. Pearce

Ralph Dawes – Alfred P. Doolittle

Betty Dawes – Mrs. Higgins

Joanna Hopper – Parlourmaid

Paul Brand – Bystander

Keith Denyer – Bystander

Joan Bearman – Flower Seller

Eddie Fletcher – Flower Seller

Mick Popple – Flower Seller

Anna Barden – Theatre Goer

Dorothy Edney – Theatre Goer

Margaret Faggetter – Theatre Goer

Jim Biggs – Theatre Goer

Martin Cramp – Theatre Goer

 

Production Crew

Continuity – Daphne Thornton

Continuity – Margaret Ockenden

Stage Manager – Mark Flower

Assistant – David Comber

Assistant – Dave Collis

Assistant – Brian Box

Assistant – John Barham

Assistant – Julian Rose

Set Design – Vincent Joyce

Set Construction – Mark Flower

Set Construction – Dave Collis

Set Construction – David Comber

Set Construction – Brian Box

Set Construction – Ralph Dawes

Set Construction – Mike Davy

Set Construction – Vernon Strevens

Properties – Margaret Davy

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Costumes – Pat Moss

Costumes – Dorothy Edney

Costumes – Lorraine Hanner

Lighting Design – Frank Hurrell

Lighting Box – Frank Hurrell

Lighting Box – Frances Thorne

Sound Effects – Frank Hurrell

Sound Effects – Ian Naylor

Front of House – Frank Child

 

Programme Note #1: Pygmalion

LH wrote: “In the Greek legend from which Shaw took the play’s title, the sculptor Pygmalion created the statue of his ideal woman as he despised the behaviour of real women on his island of Cyprus. He fell in love with his own creation and when it was brought miraculously to life, they married.

Shaw turns this legend on its head – Higgins is interested only in the limited process of creating a duchess out of a common flower girl in 6 months, whereas Eliza is interested in the rest of her life. Higgins eventually admits that he has grown ‘accustomed to her voice and appearance’ and says that she should stay ‘for the fun of it’, but this may not be enough to satisfy Eliza…..

WARNING. Ambitious flower girls who watch this play must not imagine that they can pass themselves off as fine ladies by untutored imitation. They must learn their alphabet over again, and different, from a phonetic expert. Imitation will only make them ridiculous.”

 

Programme Note #2: Pygmalion

“What is life but a series of inspired follies – the difficulty is to find them to do”

Britain 1912

Lloyd George has his National Insurance and Invalidity Act passed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, despite great opposition.

The SS Titanic, with 2,224 people on board, sank while on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic with the loss of 1,513 lives.

Mrs. Pankhurst and Mrs. Pethwick-Lawrence famous leaders of the Suffragette movement, were sentenced to 9 months imprisonment for civil disobedience.

In Europe, the war clouds were gathering

Shaw completed Pygmalion.

 


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