PYGMALION FAIR EF­FORT

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Lifestyle -

BEL­MONT res­i­dent Emily Botje is set to take to the stage in Pygmalion this month.

The play is Ge­orge Bernard Shaw’s most pop­u­lar work and the in­spi­ra­tion for the mu­si­cal My Fair Lady.

Di­rected by Ja­cob Turner, the rags to riches tale tells the story of a young, lower-class Cock­ney girl who is trans­formed into a re­fined, up­per class woman.

It lam­poons the Bri­tish class sys­tem with count­less comedic mo­ments.

Botje plays El­iza Doolit­tle, a feisty and blunt young woman.

“She shares any­thing and ev­ery­thing that comes to mind, re­sult­ing in hi­lar­i­ous mo­ments be­tween char­ac­ters,” she said.

The main chal­lenge ac­cord­ing to Botje is the Cock­ney accent.

“It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand what she says rather than just how she should say it,” she said.

“I love the mu­si­cal My Fair Lady, and the chance to be in the orig­i­nal play was ir­re­sistible.”

Di­rec­tor Ja­cob Turner said his aim was to re­main true to the play’s orig­i­nal con­cepts while also try­ing to in­cor­po­rate his own dis­tinct vi­sion for the pro­duc­tion.

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

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

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

Tick­ets are avail­able at lime­lightthe­atre.com.au. Al­fred Doolit­tle (Pa­trick McLanaghan) and his daugh­ter El­iza (Emily Botje) don’t see eye to eye in

Pygmalion.

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