Set in the top floor apartment in Mrs. Rogers' house in West London.
The play concerns a rough Irish bill collector named Hartigan, who becomes love slave and companion to an English lady named Elizabeth. She lives in a cluttered London town house which looks more like a museum for a British Empire on which the sun has already set - even the doorbell chimes out the National Anthem. In this view of the battle between England and Ireland, Hartigan is conscripted into service in return for which Elizabeth agrees to teach him how to be a gentleman - a reverse Pygmalion, if you like.
30 September 1968
Produced by Dublin Theatre Festival In association with Gemini Productions
Gate Theatre/Amharclann an Gheata
Selected Plays of Hugh Leonard
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