May 6 - 10
the watchful gaze of Sir Peter Hall, Sixties fashion icon Twiggy
made her Oxford debut to the delight of a full house at the Playhouse.
wrote Mrs Warren's Profession in 1893, but it remained banned until
has to ask why Sir Peter has chosen to dust the cobwebs of this
remains a realistic attempt at tackling what was then the taboo
subject of prostitution, but Sir Peter focuses more on the theme
of a mother-and-daughter relationship.
wit of this play is strangled by Shaw's laborious attempts to lecture
us on morality, prejudice and the evils that surround wealth. The
influence of Ibsen is clear but the humour of Wilde is absent.
choice of Twiggy Lawson in the title role is perfect casting.
draws inspiration from the cockney sparrow found in Lisa Doolitle
and alternates it with a touch of Mrs Bridges of Upstairs Downstairs
voice was a little shrill in the first half but by the second she
was fully in control of the part, dominating the audience like a
music hall duchess.
we have an icon who dominated a questionable profession, playing
the role of one who also makes her money by means still not acceptable
being well supported by Hannah Yelland, who plays her daughter,
and Benedick Blythe interpreting Mr Praed, this play is difficult
for contemporary audiences to understand because the marginal characters
are not connected to the whole picture in a consequential way.
is certainly a run worth catching, to appreciate the importance
of this challenge to censorship as Queen Victoria's reign came to