Pygmalion a classic rags-to-riches tale

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Owen Phillips as Henry Higgins and Emily Botje as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, which lampoons the British class system.

PYGMALION, George Bernard Shaw’s most popular play and the inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady comes to Wanneroo’s Limelight Theatre this month.

Directed by Tapping resident Jacob Turner, Pygmalion is the classic story of a young, lower-class Cockney girl who, in a short time, is transformed into a refined lady of the upper class.

The play, first performed in 1913, lampoons the British class system of the day and provides countless comedic moments.

In addition to being the inspiration for My Fair Lady, there have been countless modern parodies including episodes of The Simpsons.

Turner said the biggest challenge was remaining true to the original concepts while also trying to incorporate his own distinct vision for the production.

“I have a fantastic cast and production crew who are intently focused on putting together the best possible adaptation of Pygmalion, which has created a great atmosphere and made my work to this point a pleasure,’’ he said.

First performing at Limelight Theatre in 2012’s Sunset Boulevard, Turner has also appeared in Hairspray, Pride and Prejudice, The Darling Buds of May and Skylight.

In 2013, he appeared in Two Weeks with the Queen at Stirling Theatre.

“Shaw’s writing, particularly his use of language and characters in Pygmalion, are what initially inspired me to direct this production.

“His sharp wit and clearly-defined characters make his vision very clear.

“I was also looking for a new personal challenge after acting for many years and Pygmalion seemed the logical choice for me.”

Pygmalion plays at 8pm on October 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 and 21 with a 2pm matinee on October 15.