Michael Voysey Foundation

Playwright and Writer for TV and Radio

My Astonishing Self – Press Reviews


The two hour one-man show brilliantly devised by Michael Voysey.

Max Adrian was the first actor to portray Shaw in ‘MY ASTONISHING SELF’ opening in the Edinburgh Festival, before moving to the Criterion Theatre  London. There later followed a reprise by Donal Donnelly, whose characterisation won world acclaim. The last reprise was by  Dermot Walsh in the City of London Festival. Dermot himself an Irish man brought to the stage the wit of Shaw contrasted  with the moving account on the death of his (Shaw’s) wife.

The astonishing life and loves, the wisdom of the wit of the fiercely funny GBS-the genius who inspired ‘My Fair Lady’. ‘My Astonishing Self’ was originally written especially for the Edinburgh Festival and has subsequently been produced with enormous success and critical acclaim at the Criterion Theatre in London and in New York and indeed all over the world from Tokyo  to Dublin,  from Zurich to Hong Kong from Austria to Australia.

“Undoubted success….a sell out” …SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. 

“My Astonishing Self” is a truly an astonishing evening…THE GUARDIAN 

 “Beautifully affecting portrait of the irascible old imp”    SPECTATOR (USA)

“The show is a fit companion for two of Shaw’s pet abominations, brandy and cigars.”…TIME  MAGAZINE 

“The entertainment provides an assortment of his views on vegatarianism, marriage, religion, sex, war and three dozen other subjects. It also presents the more personal aspects of Shaw, his memories of his parents, his relations with his wife, and other women”… NEW YORK TIMES”

“A triumph……a fascinating study of a great playwright,  philospher, who had so many endearing qualities and compassion…. IRISH INDEPENDENT.

 “Confessions of a clown who had the last laugh, an evening warmed with humanity, charged with wit. Lively and amusing” … HONG KONG STANDARD.

“The Old Fabian saves the first week. Make no mistake this is worth travelling a long distance to see….brilliance. ‘My astonishing Self’ is truly an amazing evening.” INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY.

“What Voysey achieves is a portrait of Shaw, his compassion, his wonderful sense of the ridiculous and his ability to laugh at himself before laughing at anything else, his nervous vanity and total decency.” NEW YORK POST.

“Hurry to the Hechtplatz Theatre, and see My Astonishing Self’.” PRÄSIDIALABTEILUNG DER STADT ZURICH.