The Shaw Society




Monday 28th October 7.30  

The Actors Centre
1a Tower Street,
off Earlham Street, London WC2H 9NP
Nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square and a number of buses pass close by, 14,19,24,29,38,176.  
Visitors are welcome to all our events, entrance fee is £12, Members £10



A Major New edition of Shaw and three rare Playlets

 *Skit for the Tiptaft Revue for the Fabian Summer
   School 1917 by Bernard Shaw
 *The Girl with the Golden Voice (1935) by Bernard Shaw
 *Beauty's Duty (1913) by Bernard Shaw

There have been hundreds of editions of Shaw’s plays and
other writings in many languages, since he first started
publishing his work in newspapers, pamphlets and books in the
1880s. But as we approach 2020, when copyright on Shaw will
end, a major new collected edition is in preparation.
Professor Brad Kent of Laval University, Quebec, is General
Editor of the forthcoming eight volume series to be published
by Oxford University Press for worldwide distribution.

Professor Kent will preview his new edition, and give a fascinating glimpse of the effect
copyright has had on Shaw’s works throughout the world, and the opportunities coming
out of copyright will offer.

The talk will be followed by three rare playlets published in an earlier major edition, the 1974 Bodley Head series of 7 volumes whose General Editor was Dan H Laurence. Laurence included in the final volume a range of short ‘occasional pieces’, skits and unfinished sketches, some of which only existed in manuscript.

Three of these will be presented in rehearsed readings by Jonas Cemm and members of the
SHAW2020 actors’ company formed to promote Shaw’s plays after copyright ends. Shaw himself, played by Jonas, appears in two of the pieces: the first is a skit written for a Fabian Summer School revue, which mirrors a Fabian Society meeting, with the Chairman trying to control a very ebullient Shaw as keynote speaker. The second is a short radio dialogue broadcast live from an exhibition at Olympia in 1935 to celebrate the selection of “The Girl with the Golden Voice”, as the telephone voice of the speaking clock. The third is a very slight skit, “Beauty’s Duty”, which bears some similarity to Candida and How He Lied to her Husband. All three lend themselves to high comedy, and show Shaw at his light-hearted best.