Review Pygmalion

Taken From Irish Times

Pygmalion

PETER CRAWLEY

Abbey Theatre, Dublin

What the devil is someone supposed to do with this line: “Ah-ah-ah-ow-ow-ow-oo”? That yodel of vowels belongs to Eliza Doolittle, the Covent Garden flower girl who would be transformed through elocution and style into a duchess. Expressing both awe and distress, Charlie Murphy’s knock-out, layered performance makes Eliza’s catchphrase sound like a cat choking on a trombone; a sound that is first amusing, then moving and somehow never grating. That is also the great achievement of Annabelle Comyn’s tremendous new production of Pygmalion for the Abbey.

We all know the story. The astonishingly supercilious phonetician, Henry Higgins (a sublimely spry and brusque Risteárd Cooper) bets his colleague Colonel Pickering (Nick Dunning) that he can transform a girl of humble status into royalty with scant regards for social and emotional consequences. It is a narrative as full of romantic fantasy as horror: Kate Middleton meets Frankenstein.

George Bernard Shaw could never quite reconcile his didactic satire on class barriers, moral equivocation and the stifling of female independence with something as pleasing as a hit show. But Comyn can. In outline, the production sounded like a similar wager: that with enough work on crystal-cut intonation and sumptuous costumes from Peter O’Brien, the national theatre could pass itself off as the Gate. Instead, it uses all the resources of the Abbey – considered casting, impeccable voice direction, technical capacity, money – to provide the luxurious pleasure of spectacle and a pitch-perfect ensemble to plumb Shaw’s ideas for all they’re worth.

In a play where everything is judged on appearance (a gentleman is recognised by his boots not his manners), Paul O’Mahony’s set plays delightful games with surface. The filing boxes of Higgins’ study climb to impossible reaches, a scientific obsession rendered toweringly absurd. There is a tendency to show off: an early set change, covered by the sly, clever chatter in Philip Stewart’s music, seems like an ad for the Abbey’s “exceptionally elaborate machinery”, as does Eliza’s bathing scene, which the excellent Fiona Bell conducts with the tenderness of waterboarding.

Such moments emphasise the cruelty of the “experiment” and for all the delicious mirth Lorcan Cranitch finds in Doolittle, a contented member of the “undeserving poor”, or the entertainment of Cooper’s irascible propulsion, Comyn wisely leads their sardonic logic and arias of abuse into flashes of violent intent.

Could Shaw be as blunt? “He uses the English language like a truncheon,” Max Beerbohm once said, and when the fifth act curdles into exhaustive disputation, you wonder again if some things are better left unsaid. The most tragic impression in this accomplished production is Eliza’s silence, the most comic her robotic high society debut, the most triumphant the regaining of her spirit. Balancing the surface charm and heady substance of Pygmalion is no easy challenge. But – as Shaw never put it – by George, I think they’ve got it.

Runs until June 11

 

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Perve on the Peacock stage
Perve on the Peacock stage

Dear Dublin,

This June, as part of the Abbey Theatre's on-going work to nurture new writing, we are delighted to present Perve a new play from Stacey Gregg about a young documentary film-maker named Gethin. If film-making is your thing, then be sure to visit Filmbase as they celebrate 25 years of supporting filmmakers in Ireland by hosting a range of events at the end of this month.

At the end of June, we will be previewing Brian Friel's Translations on the Abbey stage. Having begun his relationship with the Abbey in 1962 with the world premiere of The Enemy Within, Brian Friel's work has delighted Abbey audiences for nearly 50 years.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Abbey this June.

Pygmalion on the Abbey stage

Abbey Theatre Premiere

Pygmalion

By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Annabelle Comyn

Must end Saturday 11 June
on the Abbey stage

Eliza Doolittle's transformation into a lady has been wooing audiences for a several weeks. This is what the critics have been saying:

'It's a joy from start to finish, its elegance and verve wrapped in lush and imaginative visuals …'
- The Sunday Independent

'luxurious pleasure of spectacle and a pitch-perfect ensemble'
- The Irish Times

Click here for a behind the scenes video of Pygmalion.

Book now!

Stacey Gregg's PERVE on the Peacock stage

World Premiere & An Abbey Theatre Commission

Perve

By Stacey Gregg
Directed by Róisín McBrinn

From Wednesday 25 May
on the Peacock stage

Remember a time when you passionately believed in something only to be met by resistance from family or friends? Stacey Gregg's new play Perve captures that feeling completely, as audiences navigate through 23 year old documentary filmmaker Gethin's decision to start an unsettling rumour about himself.

'Real life is much weirder …'

See images here and watch video.


Book now!

Translations on the Abbey stage

Translations

By Brian Friel
Directed by Conall Morrison

From Thursday 23 June
on the Abbey stage

Set in 19th century Ireland, Brian Friel's Translations tells the story of a small Irish village struggling to adjust to the shifting world around them. A new world replaces the old as British rule imposes itself on local tradition.

Don't miss Brian Friel's masterpiece on the Abbey stage.

'We must learn those new names…. We must learn where we live. We must learn to make them our own. We must make them our new home.'


Book now!

Mark O'Rowe's Terminus on Tour

Mark O'Rowe's
Terminus on Tour

Now on until Saturday 9 July
At Sydney Opera House

Mark O'Rowe's exhilarating play Terminus is back on the road and now playing at Sydney Opera House in Australia. Featuring a stellar Irish cast including Declan Conlon, Olwen Fouéré and Catherine Walker, this production has received superb responses from critics and audiences alike.

Make sure your friends in Australia know that they can't miss this.

Show in a Bag: Fight Night


Show in a Bag: Fight Night

Now on until Saturday 11 June
At Bewley's Café Theatre

Fight Night is a gripping journey charting the comeback of Dan Coyle Jr., a failed amateur boxer from a long line of accomplished fighters. This fast-paced and heartfelt solo performance by Aonghus Óg McAnally combines intense physicality with a classic Dublin wit.

More info here.

Abbey Theatre 110th Anniversary Campaign


The Abbey Theatre 110th Anniversary Campaign

With special thanks to our newest Corporate Guardians, Arthur Cox, and our newest Corporate Ambassadors, CRH.

The Abbey Theatre is proud of its support from our Corporate Guardians: Aon, Behaviour & Attitudes, and our Corporate Ambassadors: Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon, ely bar & brasserie, FCm, Irish Poster Advertising Limited, The Merrion, NRC, Spector, Talbot 101, The Westin Dublin, Wynn's Hotel, Zero-G.

 

And also…

Abbey Talk: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

To mark Stacey Gregg's play Perve on the Peacock stage, we are hosting a talk by journalist and digital media curator, Mark Little. Today's technologies bring news to our finger tips in an instant. Join us as he navigates us through the social news network of our time.

Thursday 9 June, 6pm
Book now

All Abbey Talks
FREE for Members

Workshops

Talking Text Voice Workshop with Andrea Ainsworth: A Saturday morning workshop on the Abbey stage. Offered as a package, you will read lines from Translations with Abbey Theatre Voice Director, Andrea Ainsworth in the morning, eat lunch and then catch the matinee performance of Translations.

Saturday 2 July, 10am
Tickets €45
(No experience necessary)
More information

To book for our workshops please call Box Office on (01) 87 87 222.

Assisted performances

Pygmalion

Audio described and captioned performance: Saturday 4 June, 2pm

Perve

Sign language interpreted performance Thursday 16 June, 8pm

More information on accessibility

Abbey Theatre Costume Hire

You can now hire costumes from the Abbey (but not for that fancy dress party on Saturday night!). We welcome enquiries from amateur drama groups, film companies, youth theatre groups etc. More information here.

Booking Information

Tickets for Abbey Theatre productions are €13 – €40

Book online now and select your own seat at www.abbeytheatre.ie or call our Box Office on (01) 87 87 222

Production start times:
on the Abbey stage:
Mon – Sat Evenings 7.30pm;
Sat Matinees 2pm

on the Peacock stage:
Mon – Sat Evenings 8pm;
Sat Matinees 2.30pm


Have Your Say

Email us and let us know what you have to say about our shows and your experiences at the Abbey.

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New Writing and Classic Drama for You this June

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www.abbeytheatre.ie

| Book now!

Perve on the Peacock stage
Perve on the Peacock stage

Dear Dublin,

This June, as part of the Abbey Theatre's on-going work to nurture new writing, we are delighted to present Perve a new play from Stacey Gregg about a young documentary film-maker named Gethin. If film-making is your thing, then be sure to visit Filmbase as they celebrate 25 years of supporting filmmakers in Ireland by hosting a range of events at the end of this month.

At the end of June, we will be previewing Brian Friel's Translations on the Abbey stage. Having begun his relationship with the Abbey in 1962 with the world premiere of The Enemy Within, Brian Friel's work has delighted Abbey audiences for nearly 50 years.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Abbey this June.

Pygmalion on the Abbey stage

Abbey Theatre Premiere

Pygmalion

By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Annabelle Comyn

Must end Saturday 11 June
on the Abbey stage

Eliza Doolittle's transformation into a lady has been wooing audiences for a several weeks. This is what the critics have been saying:

'It's a joy from start to finish, its elegance and verve wrapped in lush and imaginative visuals …'
- The Sunday Independent

'luxurious pleasure of spectacle and a pitch-perfect ensemble'
- The Irish Times

Click here for a behind the scenes video of Pygmalion.

Book now!

Stacey Gregg's PERVE on the Peacock stage

World Premiere & An Abbey Theatre Commission

Perve

By Stacey Gregg
Directed by Róisín McBrinn

From Wednesday 25 May
on the Peacock stage

Remember a time when you passionately believed in something only to be met by resistance from family or friends? Stacey Gregg's new play Perve captures that feeling completely, as audiences navigate through 23 year old documentary filmmaker Gethin's decision to start an unsettling rumour about himself.

'Real life is much weirder …'

See images here and watch video.


Book now!

Translations on the Abbey stage

Translations

By Brian Friel
Directed by Conall Morrison

From Thursday 23 June
on the Abbey stage

Set in 19th century Ireland, Brian Friel's Translations tells the story of a small Irish village struggling to adjust to the shifting world around them. A new world replaces the old as British rule imposes itself on local tradition.

Don't miss Brian Friel's masterpiece on the Abbey stage.

'We must learn those new names…. We must learn where we live. We must learn to make them our own. We must make them our new home.'


Book now!

Mark O'Rowe's Terminus on Tour

Mark O'Rowe's
Terminus on Tour

Now on until Saturday 9 July
At Sydney Opera House

Mark O'Rowe's exhilarating play Terminus is back on the road and now playing at Sydney Opera House in Australia. Featuring a stellar Irish cast including Declan Conlon, Olwen Fouéré and Catherine Walker, this production has received superb responses from critics and audiences alike.

Make sure your friends in Australia know that they can't miss this.

Show in a Bag: Fight Night


Show in a Bag: Fight Night

Now on until Saturday 11 June
At Bewley's Café Theatre

Fight Night is a gripping journey charting the comeback of Dan Coyle Jr., a failed amateur boxer from a long line of accomplished fighters. This fast-paced and heartfelt solo performance by Aonghus Óg McAnally combines intense physicality with a classic Dublin wit.

More info here.

Abbey Theatre 110th Anniversary Campaign


The Abbey Theatre 110th Anniversary Campaign

With special thanks to our newest Corporate Guardians, Arthur Cox, and our newest Corporate Ambassadors, CRH.

The Abbey Theatre is proud of its support from our Corporate Guardians: Aon, Behaviour & Attitudes, and our Corporate Ambassadors: Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon, ely bar & brasserie, FCm, Irish Poster Advertising Limited, The Merrion, NRC, Spector, Talbot 101, The Westin Dublin, Wynn's Hotel, Zero-G.

 

And also…

Abbey Talk: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

To mark Stacey Gregg's play Perve on the Peacock stage, we are hosting a talk by journalist and digital media curator, Mark Little. Today's technologies bring news to our finger tips in an instant. Join us as he navigates us through the social news network of our time.

Thursday 9 June, 6pm
Book now

All Abbey Talks
FREE for Members

Workshops

Talking Text Voice Workshop with Andrea Ainsworth: A Saturday morning workshop on the Abbey stage. Offered as a package, you will read lines from Translations with Abbey Theatre Voice Director, Andrea Ainsworth in the morning, eat lunch and then catch the matinee performance of Translations.

Saturday 2 July, 10am
Tickets €45
(No experience necessary)
More information

To book for our workshops please call Box Office on (01) 87 87 222.

Assisted performances

Pygmalion

Audio described and captioned performance: Saturday 4 June, 2pm

Perve

Sign language interpreted performance Thursday 16 June, 8pm

More information on accessibility

Abbey Theatre Costume Hire

You can now hire costumes from the Abbey (but not for that fancy dress party on Saturday night!). We welcome enquiries from amateur drama groups, film companies, youth theatre groups etc. More information here.

Booking Information

Tickets for Abbey Theatre productions are €13 – €40

Book online now and select your own seat at www.abbeytheatre.ie or call our Box Office on (01) 87 87 222

Production start times:
on the Abbey stage:
Mon – Sat Evenings 7.30pm;
Sat Matinees 2pm

on the Peacock stage:
Mon – Sat Evenings 8pm;
Sat Matinees 2.30pm


Have Your Say

Email us and let us know what you have to say about our shows and your experiences at the Abbey.

Join us on Facebook

Follow on us on Twitter

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Review Pygmalion at the Abbey Theatre

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Pygmalion is on the Abbey stage at the moment. Better known to some people as the story of “My Fair Lady”, it is the play upon which the 1964 Oscar-winning movie of the same name was based.

Written by George Bernard Shaw, it is extraordinary that this is the first time that Pygmalion has been produced in the Abbey Stage.

Risteárd Cooper plays the almost formidable but sharp and comedic Henry Higgins against Charlie Murphy’s Eliza Doolittle. Higgins has not interest outside of his beloved phonetics and takes on Ms. Doolittle merely to win a bet with his colleague and fellow phonetician and linguist, Colonel Pickering (Nick Dunning). Both Cooper and Murphy are fantastically funny, in particular Higgins blustering speeches and complete oblivion to Eliza as a real person lead to some funny and some almost heart-breaking moments.

With the costumes having been designed by Peter O’Brien and with the usual rich and wonderful stage setting of the Abbey, Pygmalion is a veritable feast for the eyes as well as the ears. Cutting remarks, quick wit, comedy, beauty and love…Pygmalion has got it all and more. I’d go again right now if I could, it is a marvellous gem of a performance.

Pygmalion runs at the Abbey Theatre from 27th April to 11th June 2011. Tickets cost from €25.00 to €40.00 (€15.00-€23.0 for students and OAPs). Matinee performances on Saturday afternoons are less expensive. You can buy tickets online at www.abbeytheatre.ie or call the Box Office on (01) 87 87 222.

Thank you to the Press Office in the Abbey Theatre for two review tickets to see Pygmalion.

 


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Review Fight Night

Taken from Irish Times

 

Fight Night

PETER CRAWLEY

Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Dublin

Never underestimate the potential and pleasure of a well-worn formula. Take the boxing drama, in which a damaged hero has something to prove. Coming from a long line of Finglas boxers that may trace its origin to the invention of the fist, Dan Coyle Jnr – son of Dan Coyle Snr, grandson of Dan Coyle The First – is long out of shape, heavy with grudges and finally spurred by his own fatherhood.

Against the tragic grandeur of comeback kids and has-beens, Dan Jnr is something more banal: a never-was. The brilliance of Gavin Kostick’s writing is to give the heroic form to an ordinary Dan, played by Aonghus Óg McAnally. If anything, the stakes get lower – first, he’s fighting for the middleweight champion of the world (“I am in me hole”) then simply to get fit. But the monologue, structured like the rounds of a boxing match, makes his private stakes higher: breathing hard through fitness struggles, tensely squaring up to his estranged father, steadily claiming an identity as a responsible family man.

Written specifically for McAnally – the son of performer Aonghus McAnally, grandson of the great actor Ray McAnally – any similarity to persons living or dead is intentional. That brings a bracing shiver to the line, “Me name has got me to this level, but not me”, yet the performance’s real impact is more universal and brutal. When it comes to the title bout of self definition, a son’s opponent is his father and here McAnally and Kostick deliver a knockout blow: “No man can fight his own da when both are in their prime and that’s the tragedy.”

The play’s psychology isn’t always deft: one dream sequence is so basted with symbolism that even Dan compliments his subconscious. But director Bryan Burroughs steadies the explication with the eloquence of physicality.

Fight Night’s final, wordless moments are its most extraordinary, McAnally’s release so stark, exhilarating and cathartic that Colm Maher’s lights dip too quickly, the music arriving too soon. We don’t need to see McAnally land a punch to know what he’s fighting for. We’re up there in the ring with him.

Runs until June 11th

 

'Tis Pity She's A Whore and The Broken Heart

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The Trinity College Dublin Shakespeare Festival is delighted to present public readings of John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore and The Broken Heart in a unique opportunity to see two rarely performed Jacobean masterpieces.

The stellar cast is now confirmed and will include some of the best talent in Irish Theatre. For two nights only, these actors will come together under the direction of Irish Times Theatre Award winner Selina Cartmell and some of the leading figures in the cast will include Louis Lovett, Cathy Belton and Mark Lambert.

Selina Cartmell has just been announced Best Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for the World Premiere of Robin Robertson’s translation of MEDEA, which received five nominations, and she is currently Artist-In- Residence at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.

Both ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore and The Broken Heart are gripping, powerful, and transformative dramas. They demonstrate the deeply moving humanity of one the finest playwrights of the Jacobean period.

‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore is by turns darkly comic and brilliantly horrific, and remains as powerful and as controversial as it was when first performed in 1629.

The Broken Heart has never been performed in Ireland. This timeless piece explores a society where men and women are tested to their limits, and the consequences of one man’s fatal decision.

The pieces will be presented as a once-off double bill of public readings by a renowned group of actors, followed by open discussion with Selina Cartmell and the cast.

These public readings will only be performed twice, on Thursday 9th June and Friday 10th June at 4pm in the Samuel Beckett Theatre on Trinity College campus. Tickets are €7 full price, €4 concession and €10 for both readings. Tickets can be booked online on the ticket booking page or on the box office line 01 896 2242.

Full Cast:

Cathy Belton

Lorcan Cranitch

Aoife Duffin

Nick Dunning

Mark Lambert

Ronan Leahy

Louis Lovett

Marion O’Dwyer

Don Wycherley

Also featuring members of the Samuel Beckett Centre:

Roisin Agnew

Rachel Gleeson

Manus Halligan

Nicholas Johnson

Darren Yorke
Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College
16.00
Thursday 9th June
Friday 10th June
€7 full, €4 concessions, €10 for both readings
www.dublinshakespeare.com or 01 896 2242
www.dublinshakespeare.com or www.facebook.com/DublinShakespeare2011

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As well as dedicated events, schools, organisational, blog and children & culture sections, our new website features an interactive area called ARK LIVE where children can watch short interviews with actors, musicians and artists, play arty online games, or get creative at home or in the classroom with our online briefs. 

The current online briefs featured include a challenge to draw an Ark-themed picture that could end up being used to illustrate the “About Us” area of the site, and an invitation for children coming to The Ark for Dublin Dance Festival to make their very own mini-movie and tell everyone what they thought of the show. Check it out and help the little ones in your life to get creative!