My Dear Miss Terry
P R E S S R E L E A S E
My Dear Miss Terry … a celebration of the love letters between the Irish literary genius,
George Bernard Shaw, and the much adored English actress, Dame Ellen Terry, opened to enthusiastic audiences at the Rialto Theatre, Brighton on 31st March 2016, after previewing at the Alexandra Studio Theatre, Bognor Regis.
"If Jean Rogers’ dramatised account of the epistolary love affair between George Bernard Shaw and Ellen Terry does nothing else, it illustrates what we have lost in an internet age. Fragmented and ungrammatical tweets and emails will never achieve the depth or drama of a letter and are likely to be deleted upon receipt". (The Brighton Argus)
These evocative and romantic letters, compiled and written into a compelling narrative by Jean Rogers, are regarded by many as the greatest love letters ever written. They are read and explored by Paddy O’Keeffe of the award-winning BERNARD SHAW INVITES YOU, which received five-star reviews and won the Argus Angel Award in the Brighton Fringe, going on to successful runs in London, Dublin and New Delhi; and Jean Rogers, formerly Dolly Skilbeck in Yorkshire Television’s EMMERDALE. Jean enjoyed seasons with Sir Laurence Olivier's Chichester Festival Theatre and was a founder member of his National Theatre Company.
The intimate exchange of letters between playwright and actress paints a vivid picture, through pathos and joy, of Theatre at the end of the nineteenth century on the brink of change.
“Jean Rogers is beautiful, charming and her voice is perfect: Paddy O’Keeffe must wake up wondering if he really is GBS and will become a teetotal vegetarian on a bicycle”. (The Brighton Argus)
My Dear Miss Terry... brings an intriguing and almost contemporary feel to the Victorian correspondence which began in 1892 – an interesting and fascinating ‘literary affair’, enjoyed long before the World Wide Web.