The Ivy House Play Reading Circle - Summer Term
25 April, 23 May, 13 June & 11 July
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No acting experience is needed, simply come along and share the pleasure of reading aloud among friends.
All those wishing to participate need to indicate their forthcoming attendance in advance as all the parts in the play are cast prior to the evening’s reading.
Next Play Reading: Wednesday 11 July
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
We shall be reading Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’, on which of course ‘My Fair Lady’ was based. I imagine none of us needs a synopsis of the play – the distinguished phonetician who vows to make a duchess out of a common flower girl in six months – but here is a brief extract from Shaw’s preface:
“The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak. They cannot spell it because they have nothing to spell it with but an old foreign alphabet of which only the consonants – and not all of them – have any agreed speech value. Consequently no man can teach himself what it should sound like from reading it; and it is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman despise him.” !
This is a long play with some fascinating comments and stage directions by Shaw, which I should really like to include, so could we actually start reading it at 7 o’clock sharp if at all possible, which means turning up a few moments earlier than usual.