Directed by Paul Stebbings
Score by Christian Auer www.christianauer.com
Choreography by Jasmine Ellis http://jasminellis.com/
Pygmalion is a masterpiece of English -or Irish!- dramatic literature. Professor Higgins is a both a misogynist monster and a blunt pursuer of truth in a world of moral hypocrisy. His attempts to transform the poor flower seller, Eliza, into a Duchess for the day are both a triumph and a personal disaster. Eliza is a superb creation, a proto-feminist in a misogynist age, and a class warrior who takes no prisoners but achieves all of this with a smile. Indeed the play is full of wise woman and foolish men, which in the world of ‘# Me Too’ is a good place to start a play.
TNT theatre, directed by Paul Stebbings, transform this script from a mountain of words into a dynamic and action packed social comedy. Music and above all dance and stylised movement create an accessible and fast moving comedy. The dance of words is transformed into the dance of life and the audience are carried away is a dizzy whirl of laughter, love, folly and wisdom.
In the hundred years since George Bernard Shaw wrote PYGMALION the world has changed because our values have changed, (and mostly for the better). PYGMALION not only reflects that change with wit and poise but has been part of the of that change. It remains, rightly, one of the most performed and loved pieces of dramatic literature since Shakespeare.
New score by Christian Auer - www.christianauer.com
Choreography by Jasmine Ellis - http://jasminellis.com/
The production is visual and dynamic with integrated music which works almost as a film score and is not locked into the historical period (so making it more accessible to young modern audiences).