PYGMALION FAIR EFFORT
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