The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

September 24, 25, 26 & 27 [+mat] 1986


by George Bernard Shaw

Directed by
Lorraine Hanner

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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

ContinuityDaphne Thornton

ContinuityMargaret Ockenden

Stage ManagerMark Flower

AssistantDavid Comber

AssistantDave Collis

AssistantBrian Box

AssistantJohn Barham

AssistantJulian Rose

Set DesignVincent Joyce

Set ConstructionMark Flower

Set ConstructionDave Collis

Set ConstructionDavid Comber

Set ConstructionBrian Box

Set ConstructionRalph Dawes

Set ConstructionMike Davy

Set ConstructionVernon Strevens

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

CostumesPat Moss

CostumesDorothy Edney

CostumesLorraine Hanner

Lighting DesignFrank Hurrell

Lighting BoxFrank Hurrell

Lighting BoxFrances Thorne

Sound EffectsFrank Hurrell

Sound EffectsIan Naylor

Front of HouseFrank 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.