Oscar Wilde's classic three-act comedy was first performed on 14 February 1895. It is a farcical comedy in which the lead characters maintain fictitious identities to escape burdensome social obligations. The play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make "The Importance of Being Earnest" Oscar Wilde's most enduringly popular play.
Dollar Drama's production was set in the 1920s rather than Victorian times.
We gave three performances in Dollar Academy Studio Theatre on the 20th, 21st and 22nd October 2016.
Director: Frances Lindsay
John (or Jack) Worthing - Damian Sherwood-Johnson
Algernon Moncrieff - Matthew Pease
Cecily Cardew - Fran McNicoll
Gwendolen Fairfax - Sarah Giblin
Lady Bracknell - Jane McGill
Miss Prism - Linda Rice
Rev. Canon Chasuble - Stephen Lambert
Merriman - John Biggam
Lane - Andrew Bawn
Set design: Matthew Pease
Set construction: Tim Turner, Matthew Pease, Mick Rice, Andrew Bawn, Hamish Lindsay
Costumes: Elaine Payne, Linda Rice, Frances Lindsay
Music & effects: Andrew Bawn
Sound & lighting: Neil Schofield
Props: Elaine Payne
Prompts: Elaine Payne & Andrew Bawn
Stage crew: Elaine Payne, Catherine Gibson-Poole, and members of the cast
Front of house: Margaret & John Humphrey, Catherine Gibson-Poole, Sandra Ballantine, Alison Sangster, Hamish Lindsay