Usually when a story starts with “a dark and stormy night”, there’s horror coming. But that’s not the case with Noosa Arts Theatre’s Pygmalion, as the gloomy night ushers in linguistic hijinks and class commentary, along with the empowering story of a determined young woman.

Set to be performed from October 14, the story concerns Professor Higgins, a scientist of phonetics, who meets Colonel Pickering, a linguist of Indian dialects, in the rain one night at Covent Garden. The first bets the other that he can, in a matter of months, convince London high society that cockney-speaking flower girl Eliza Doolittle can be transformed into a woman as poised and well-spoken as a duchess.

And thus begins George Bernard Shaw’s enchanting story that has charmed audiences for more than 100 years, especially with a superb cast, great set and fabulous costumes. 

Pygmalion at Noosa Arts Theatre boasts a strong cast with Rachel Fentiman playing Eliza opposite her real-life husband Howard Tampling as Professor Higgins. Revered Sunshine Coast actress and playwright Rainee Skinner charms as Mrs Higgins, while Jackson O’Sullivan plays the gentlemanly Colonel Pickering with aplomb. Deputy mayor and ardent thespian Frank Wilkie is the irascible Alfred Doolittle. 

Director Liza Park has updated the setting to 50’s London, instead of the Victorian era, while the theatre’s resident genius wardrobe expert, Margaret Courtney, channels her inner Dior to create fabulous costumes.

For tickets visit noosaartstheatre.org.au or phone 5449 9343.

Sunshine Butterflies has been selected as the beneficiary for the theatre’s charity night on October 15. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the charity to support those living with disability and their families. There will be a raffle on the night with prizes donated from Gibsons Noosa.