Iraida Sardà and Joan Massotkleiner recreate the epistolary love story between George Bernard Shaw and the actress for whom he wrote Pygmalion
From 1899, when Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw met temperamental actress Beatrice Stella Campbell, until her death in 1940, the couple developed a fruitful intellectual relationship which led to the author writing and directing his most famous work, Pygmalion, especially for her.
On Campbell’s death, a box was found under her bed containing hundreds of letters which the two had written to each other over a period of more than forty years.
In 1960, on the basis of this correspondence and their unconsummated love affair (the couple referred to themselves as “lustless lions at play” and their relationship was more to do with a kind of loyalty that extended beyond love), North American playwright Jerome Kitty wrote Dear Liar. In the play, extracts of the intense correspondence alternate with explications delivered directly to the audience and the spectator bears witness to how the playwright and the actress repeatedly unite, separate, contradict each other, rehearse, argue and reconcile.
Directed by Òscar Molina and starring Iraida Sardà, who wrote the Catalan version of the play, and Joan Massotkleiner, Dear Liar is a representation of an undefined love in which the identities of the protagonists change in accordance with the words they are expressing. The actors reconstruct what was a solid yet peculiar relationship while portraying a representative period in British theatre during the first half of a convulsive and contradictory century.
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