Monday, May 14, 2012

Today’s beautiful thing:

Yesterday, thanks to my friend N, I watched some fantastic work: Motley’s presentation of One Act Plays by the redoubtable Mr. George Bernard Shaw. Prithvi does not tolerate the unprepared---with that perfect-acoustics amphitheater there’s no room for goof ups. GBS would have been proud of that perfect British diction, sharp accent and polished acting.
Three One Act Plays were featured: English Pronunciation, How he lied to her husband, and Village Wooin’ (see links)

English pronunciation was amusing and an eyeopener; I learned how much of the language I happily maul. But as long as I don’t have to present anemones to a Viscount in Islington, I should be all right.

Yes, the diction was so sharp it could slice a brick. Given our Indian propensity for rounding edges, bringing in a dash of local flavor from all the vernacular languages  we’re proud to know, and mumbling words-- I wonder how they did it.

Perhaps this is what professionalism is, delivering a flawless performance despite.

The cast deserved every single clap of that standing ovation.

English Pronunciation:

How He Lied To Her Husband :

Village Wooin’ :


Shruthi said...

Could not find English pronunciation... Pl help?

austere said...

Link goofup... thanks,Shruthi.

norrbu said...

Shaw's one of my favorites. I don't know if I'd like him as a person - but as a writer - I think he's great.

PQ said...

That pronunciation poem was great...i looked up YT for a reading. I wouldn't know how to pronounce some of the words there at all. Thanks for sharing it...that was great