by George Bernard Shaw
23 April – 25 May
“Why did you take my independence from me?”
It is the turn of the 20th century and in a newly-industrialised England, class barriers are breaking down.
Eliza Doolittle – an aspirational young flower girl with no money and unintelligible speech – sees a chance to escape the destiny of her birth. Language lessons from the wealthy, bullying, funny, linguistics professor Henry Higgins seem like just the ticket. But a ticket to what?
The outcome of her training is not what she or her teacher expected. As Higgins endeavours to mould Eliza to his vision of the perfect lady, disregarding her autonomy as a unique human being, conflicting emotions and desires start to play an unexpected part.
This production of Shaw’s most popular play will embrace the aesthetic of Steampunk to explore subjects of class division and social mobility in a world where people’s worth is judged not by who they are but by the way they speak. Though reflecting the shuttered and stifling nature of Edwardian society, there are profound parallels to our own.
“One of the very finest works of English-speaking theatre” Crikey
Director Deborah Mullhall
Previews 23 & 24 Apr 7:30pm
Opening Night Thu 25 Apr 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm
Sat 25 May 2pm only
Concession, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22 (with promo code)
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20
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