Living in poverty and struggling from day to day can be a very difficult way to live your life.
Most of us, if given the opportunity, would try to make changes to our lives and our situation if we could. The play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw tells the story of a poor, young flower girl who has been disrespected and overlooked because of her appearance and the dialect she speaks.
When given the opportunity, she decides to get language lessons in order to gain the respect of others and improve her overall status in life. The outcome of her training is not what she expected, and she is not only able to change her appearance and speech but also gain confidence in her own abilities.
Staging the play
The play consists of nine main characters (4M 5F), with several others that can be adapted to fit your organisation. The script for the play is available as part of the Penguin Classics Series.