Wednesday, May 25, 2011


For students of writing the production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion playing in Dublin's Abbey Theatre is a must and for anyone who loves theatre it shouldn't be missed. The language is magnificent; dialogue masterly and plot sequence wonderfully effective. And none of that mentions the performances by the actors, set design, direction, lighting and Peter O'Brien's breathtaking costumes which had me wishing I lived then.

Pygmalion not only has the powerful storyline of poor, uneducated flowerseller being transformed into lady, with and teacher and pupil finally recognising that they are in love, it also has many of Shaw's thorny obsessions:class consciousness, phoenetics and psychological insights.

For me the performance of the night was Nick Dunning as Colonel Pickering.
Get to see it - it palyed to a full house last night and advance booking is heavy.

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