Address: W5 5BQ
Type: Fringe, Off West End
15-06-2013 to 22-06-2013
"Witty, moving and gripping ... one of Shaw's greatest plays" Daily Telegraph
Two strong women in a classic mother-daughter relationship, are put under immense strain by revelations of the mother’s life and profession.
Shaw's intense drama was censored for eight years; and when it was finally produced privately on the London stage in 1902, the public was outraged by its controversial content. Reviewers overwhelmingly condemned the play as immoral, citing its focus on prostitution.
But Shaw's drama makes clear that prostitution is caused not by depravity or licentiousness, but by underpaying, undervaluing and overworking women so shamefully that the poorest are forced to resort to desperate means to keep body and soul together.