Am-dram group bringing Shaw’s classic comedy to life

Cast members from Wycliffe Drama Group during rehearsals for Pygmalion, back, from left, Jenny Arnold, Tegan Jones, Russell Grant and Keith Parkin. Front, Jack Gamble and Becky Harwood
Cast members from Wycliffe Drama Group during rehearsals for Pygmalion, back, from left, Jenny Arnold, Tegan Jones, Russell Grant and Keith Parkin. Front, Jack Gamble and Becky Harwood

The classic George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmalion is being staged by Wycliffe Drama Group for three nights next week.

The Lutterworth-based group is performing the play at Lutterworth College, in Bitteswell Road, from next Thursday, April 23, until Saturday, April 25.

In Greek mythology, legend has it that sculptor Pygmalion, who is scornful of women, falls in love with his perfect female statue and obtains his prayer to Venus that she be given life so that he can marry her.

The main character in this play, Higgins, shares Pygmalion’s misogyny but does he fall in love with his creation, Eliza, and does he marry her?

Without spoiling the ending, suffice to say Higgins treats Eliza as the sculptor would a piece of clay or stone, moulding and hammering at her until she becomes his perfect creature.

By modern day standards, people would be horrified should anyone speak to Eliza as Higgins does, or how he refers to women in general, but in this play the audience forgives him and in fact finds it amusing.

“It’s just his way isn’t it,” says Eliza, while fully understanding that it isn’t the way a gentleman should treat a lady.

Alison Woodward, the publicity officer for Wycliffe Drama Group, said: “We are pleased to say that we have a very good cast for this production with some established actors and introducing new and young members.

“We hope you enjoy Eliza’s journey through the story, as much as we have enjoyed working on it.”

Shaw’s play was first presented on stage in 1913 and it was the most broadly appealing of his productions.

My Fair Lady was the musical based on Shaw’s play.

All the shows start at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10, or £8 for concessions, and are available from Aspect Stationers, of 10 Church Street, Lutterworth, or by telephoning 07913 880 663.