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Don't expect vice squad to put in appearance at play

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

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TEIGNMOUTH Players are set to stage the controversial show Mrs Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw.

Shaw wrote this play in 1894 and it was banned from public performance until 1905 when it was first performed privately and then allowed for public viewing.

"There's no need to worry, then, as the vice squad will not be waiting outside the Carlton after all," said Rodney Bowen of Teignmouth Players.

"The play is not in any way obscene, particularly by today's standards; it shows the differences between a mother who is a wealthy 'madam' and her daughter, who is a university graduate, quite an achievement in itself in those days."

It contains moments of pathos, lively discussion and comedy between the two women, encouraged and judged by their differing male friends.

The cast are all experienced actors including Mary Fossey as Mrs Warren and Sarah Mallett who plays her daughter Vivie.

They are supported by Jon Miles, Peter Hollands, Richard Ford and Paul Loveless.

"Some say this is one of Shaw's finest plays and it certainly illustrates the way in which people were thinking and speaking at the turn of the 19th century and he manages to bring out a great deal of fun, teasing out the moments of very sly comedy at which he can excel," said Rodney.

Adding to the experience in the cast is the director, Sonia Hollands.

The production is also the Teignmouth Players' entry in the South Devon Drama Federation Festival. It runs from February 20 to 23. Performances start at 7.30pm. Book tickets now, call 01626 778991.

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