by George Bernard Shaw

17th-19th July 2007
Drill Hall, Lincoln

We continued our run of ambitious productions at the Lincoln Drill Hall with ‘Pygmalion’, George Bernard Shaw’s well known tale of how a professor of phonetics transforms a cockney flowergirl into a genteel young lady in order to win a bet.

Su Toogood took on this challenging play and by scouring the city for the best acting talent assembled a very strong cast featuring a number of actors appearing in a Common Ground production for the first time – among them Aggi Gunstone (Eliza Doolittle), Tim Bradford (Colonel Pickering) and Irene North (Mrs Higgins).

Just as impressive as the cast was the stylish and ingenious set designed by Roy Simpson which lent elegant simplicity to the production, taking its inspiration from original drawings by Felix Topolski.

‘Pygmalion’ broke a number of records for Common Ground Theatre Company: it attracted our largest ever audience (almost 500 over three nights) and produced our largest ever profit; in fact, it would be more accurate to say that it was one of very few productions which made any money at all!

Writing in the Lincolnshire Echo Charlotte Orson described Aggi Gunstone’s portrayal of Eliza Doolittle as ‘feisty’ and admired the ‘strong cast, stunning costumes and stylish set’. The second half of the play was, she said, ‘quite captivating’.


Henry Higgins Richard Wood
Colonel Pickering Tim Bradford
Eliza Doolittle Aggi Gunstone
Mrs Eynsford Hill Karen Davey
Clara Eynsford Hill Emma Foord
Freddy Eynsford Hill Ed Capes
Mrs Higgins Irene North
Mrs Pearce Peggy Reading
Alfred Doolittle Andy Richards
Bystander Sheryl Tribe
Sarcastic Bystander Luke Niemiec
Hostess Juliette Sexton
Host Matthew Hall
Nepommuck Jason Hippisley
Parlourmaid Emma Morrell
Policeman Chris Matthews
Crowd Sophie and Sadie Davis


Director Su Toogood
Stage Manager Graham Botterill
Crew Daniel Berry, Liam Berry
Lighting design and technician Samantha Berry
Sound Mark Scales, Sophi Thorpe
Costumes Carolyn Jones, Su Toogood
Dressers Carolyn Jones, Jennifer Davidson, Pam Whalley
Properties Emily Norman
Set design Roy Simpson
Set building Matthew Hall, Carolyn Jones, Martin King, Andrew King, Stephanie King, Keith Reading, Roy Simpson, Ian Smith, Su Toogood, Ian Whalley, Jason Hippisley, Samantha Berry
Front of house Jez and Vicky Ashberry, Mala Selvon, Rebecca Guilliatt, Rosemary Gunstone, Eileen Finningley
Poster design and publicity Jez Ashberry
Programme Jez Ashberry, Su Toogood
Photography Rea Mulligan