'Pygmalion': the school play, December 1965

The school play at the end of term, December 1965 was ‘Pygmalion’ by George Bernard Shaw. Mr Arthy, an English teacher who had arrived at the school earlier that year was determined to provide cultured elements beyond the charity discos that took place, also in the remarkably small school hall.

It was a challenge

Given the challenge, we all set about it with gusto! There were trips to Mr Arthy’s former school in Surrey to pick up the costumes. Mr Bayliss and Mr Pates made the scenery, and much practice and rehearsal went into the production. I seem to remember two school performances and two ‘public’ performances that all went down a storm, and delighted everyone who was part of it.

Good reviews
It certainly went down well with the visiting critics from the the ‘Gazette’ and ‘Herald’ though I’ve since lost their reviews of the event.

Comments about this page

  • The Brighton referance libary keep back records of the newspapers you mentioned, they supplied me with a copy of an article from 1950 a few years ago. If you can get in touch with them and give them the date or nearest date the reviews were printed there is a good chance they can help.

    By Ken Ross (23/11/2009)
  • I remember the Pygmalion Production well. My class were very excited as we were in 2A (12-13 year olds) and not used to going to the theatre, and the quality of the costumes and the whole atmosphere was top class. We all had programmes and everything was done properly. We really felt we had been to the theatre! In those days of course, we seldom went out to such things!

    By Mary Funnell (nee Bamber) (26/01/2013)

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