On Monday 26th November 2012 our school had the pleasure to welcome the White Horse Theatre. They performed the play ’’Pygmalion’’ by George Bernhard Shaw.
It is the story of the poor flower-girl Ms Eliza Doolittle who is picked up by arrogant Mr Higgins, a professor of phonetics, and rich Colonel Pickering. Those two men bet that they could teach Eliza how to behave and speak like a lady within six months. In the end Eliza has transmuted from a hysterical, naïve and ignorant girl into a thoughtful, self-confident and responsible young woman.
The White Horse Theatre is a company travelling around Germany and performing plays for students in schools. In this case, they abridged the story of “Pygmalion” and focused on the main characters, who were represented by four native speakers from Britain. The actors were very impressive, especially the actress performing Eliza who had to learn a new and difficult accent for her role (Cockney English). But sometimes Eliza’s screams were too loud and high so that listening was, at times, uncomfortable for the audience. Furthermore the actor of Colonel Pickering was very convincing in his role as a rich, but sensible gentleman. Although the theatre had just few props and a simple background stage design, the arrangement was appealing to the audience.
The students of the Q12 could easily follow the plot, especially those how had already read ’’Pygmalion’’ in class, due to the clear pronunciation of the actors.
We thank the White Horse Theatre for the great show and hope for the following Q12 that they can also experience this special event!
Verena Geiselbrechtinger and Alexandra Heß, Q12
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