By Tom Murray, Head of Product Strategy, Exaxe.
On seeing a recent production of George Bernard Shaw’s play Mrs Warren’s Profession, I was reminded of how the play scandalised its London audience at its first viewing for its open depiction of a Brothel Keeper’s rise in society. Indeed so shocking was the play deemed to be that it was banned by the Lord Chancellor for years. Mrs Warren’s profession was considered to be too outrageous for the general population to view on stage.
What is always lost in any review of the play is the opinion Shaw has of the profession of her daughter Vivie Warren, whom Mrs Warren reared in a completely different way from her own upbringing, in order to ensure she was kept clear of the vice trade. Her daughter Vivie was raised to be a lady but, rejecting both the squalor of the vice trade and the pointlessness of life as a society butterfly, she ended up justifying her existence by devilling as an actuary; apparently this profession was reckoned by Shaw to be the ultimate in respectable, non-romantic propriety. Shaw wished to contrast the long hours spent poring over ledgers of figures with the flippant, devil may care triviality of the society lady, which her mother wishes Vivie to be...
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