PYGMALION

'Pygmalion' by George Bernard Shaw was our Summer 2021 open-air production.

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'Pygmalion' follows the story of flower girl Eliza Doolittle and eccentric Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins, as he tries to teach her to pass for a duchess in society after making a bet. Higgins teaches Eliza airs, graces and a veneer of gentility, but everything is not as simple as it seems… Similar to ‘My Fair Lady’, which was based on Bernard Shaw’s original play, this family-friendly classic delves into a sparkling and provocative exploration of education, sexual politics and the rigid class system of the day.

Audience Reviews

By Jove I think they've got it!

Tethered wits' performance of Pygmalion was excellent and definitely worth a watch! With powerful performances and projection, there's nothing to worry about when seeing this outdoor show... except maybe the weather.

- Patrick

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This was a brilliant show. We thoroughly enjoyed the production.

- Julie

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Brilliant!

Loved the format as a picnic and the classical show.  The actors were absolutely brilliant! A big thank you to all!

- Victoria

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Thank You

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for a riveting and thoroughly entertaining performance this evening. You were all brilliant and very talented and the pleasure you gave us and the audience was wonderful.

- Peter and Lindsey

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What a show!

A strong and well put-together performance. Tethered Wits brought out the humour in Shaw's work excellently. All this made for a lovely, entertaining evening!

- Claire

Production Team

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GABRIELLA SILLS

Director/Executive Producer

Gabriella is a director, producer and choreographer who has worked with various theatre companies in venues such as the Gala Theatre, the Bacon Theatre, Leicester Curve Studios and the Edinburgh Fringe. She has worked as a Management Team Coordinator at the National Student Drama Festival and done work experience with ATG theatres (Piccadilly Theatre, London) and Theatre Royal Bath. She was Festival Director for Durham Drama Festival 2020, and President of Durham Student Theatre (20-21). She has been a part of initiatives such as Gloucester Future Producers with Strike a Light, and the Durham Leadership Academy. Gabriella is a Durham University Graduate, having studied with a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for the Arts, and gained a First Class Degree in English Literature. She is currently working in the West End on Commercial Theatre Marketing.

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ALICE AUCOTT

Producer

Alice is a producer who has worked at Edinburgh Fringe, been selected for The National Student Drama Festival and produced sell-out shows at The Gala Theatre, Durham. She’s a recent Durham University graduate, and during her time at university she was President of Durham Student Theatre (2019-2020) working on a number of shows ranging across Golden Age musicals, Classical Theatre and modern dramas. She’s very excited to be working with Tethered Wits for the first time!

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NIAMH HANNS

Producer

Niamh is an actor and producer who has worked at venues such as The Assembly Rooms Theatre, the Gala Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also run Foot of the Hill Theatre Company for the past two years. Previous credits include: Andromache (Last Days of Troy), Producer (The Importance of Being Earnest), Rose (Nell Gwynn). Niamh is a Durham University graduate, who is currently studying for her master’s degree, and she is thrilled to be working with Tethered Wits for the first time this year.

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OLIVIA SWAIN

Producer

Olivia is an actor, director and producer who has taken shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, been selected for the National Student Drama Festival, and worked in venues such as The Quarry Theatre and The Assembly Rooms Theatre. Olivia is a recent graduate and is currently studying for a masters at Durham University, where she has been involved in over 15 shows, worked as President of Wrong Tree Theatre Company, and was a co-founder of Ultra Violet Theatre Company. This is Olivia’s first time working with Tethered Wits and she is really excited to join the Pygmalion team!

Cast

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AMY PORTER

Eliza Doolittle

Amy has a keen interest in both theatre and music and has performed in venues such as: The Royal Albert Hall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Gala Theatre, the Bacon Theatre, and The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham. She was honoured to sing with the award-winning and internationally renowned chamber choir Tenebrae in Perth, Scotland, under the direction of Nigel Short. Subsequently, she was delighted to join Tenebrae again, this time on tour to Germany, where she performed in three concerts in Bremen Cathedral. Stage credits include: Kate Keller (All My Sons), Ophelia (Hamlet), Sonia (Uncle Vanya), Elvira (Blithe Spirit), Helen (The Last Days of Troy), Cecily (The Importance of Being Earnest), Bianca (Taming of the Shrew), Olivia (Twelfth Night), Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Alison (Look Back in Anger), Kathy (Singin’ in the Rain), Tracy Lord (High Society) and Cathy (The Last Five Years). Amy graduated from Durham University with a First Class Degree in Music, where she held a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for the Arts. Durham Alumni, in 2019. Having co-founded Tethered Wits in 2019, Amy can’t wait to perform one of her favourite plays, Pygmalion, with the company in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire area.

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AARON ROZANSKI

Professor Henry Higgins

Aaron is an actor who has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as in the Castle Theatre Company Shakespeare Tour of the UK. He recently graduated from and is now studying for a master’s degree at Durham University, where he has acted in over fifteen productions and directed three shows. Previous credits include: Alexander (Three Sisters), Horatio (Hamlet), Ferdinand (The Tempest). In 2019, Aaron performed as Doctor Astrov in Tethered Wits’ first production of ‘Uncle Vanya’, and is delighted to be working with the company again.

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HARRY TWINING

Colonel Pickering 

Harry is an actor who has performed in a range of plays, from Shakespeare to new writing (as part of the Durham Drama Festival), comedy to drama, and even dabbled (briefly) in directing. He has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for three consecutive years. Previous credits include: Claudius (Hamlet, Edinburgh Fringe & City Theatre), Prospero (The Tempest, Gala Theatre), Renfield (Dracula, Durham Castle), Sir Anthony Absolute (The Rivals). Harry is a Durham University graduate, with those four years being a time divided almost perfectly between archaeology and theatre (with a healthy bias on the theatrical side). He is very much looking forward to treading the boards down south this summer with Tethered Wits.

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ORLANDO GIANNINI

Alfred Doolittle 

Orlando has played a wide variety of roles since he began acting at a young age. His most notable performances have come as Artful Dodger (Oliver, Bacon Theatre) and Winston Smith (1984, Edinburgh Fringe). Orlando has been a member of the National Youth Theatre since he was 15, performing in a variety of their productions whilst working with established award winning actors and directors. Since leaving school, Orlando has pursued a career as a music artist under the name ‘Orlando’. He is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. Since his first release in February 2020, Orlando has received over a million streams, sold out Notting Hill Arts Club and has been played multiple times on Radio 1.

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APRIL PERROTT

Mrs Pearce

April is an actor and singer who trained at the Guildford School of Acting. In 2018, she was awarded the title of Rotary Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year. With her love for music and singing, April has taken every available opportunity to learn and perform, and she is thrilled to be working with Tethered Wits this summer.

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MATT JACKSON

Freddy Eynsford-Hill

Matt is an actor and singer from Cheltenham who has been involved in a variety of productions whilst studying Biological Sciences at Durham University. As an active member of Durham University Light Opera Group (DULOG), he has performed in several sell-out musicals, including ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Zanna, Don’t!’ and ‘Singing in the Rain’ in both the Assembly Rooms and Gala Theatres. Matt has also taken on principal roles in performances by the Durham Opera Ensemble, and is an avid choral singer, having held memberships with Durham University Chamber Choir and the University College Chapel Choir. Matt is delighted to be involved in Tethered Wits’ production of ‘Pygmalion’, especially as it will be his first non-musical for several years. 

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