AUGUST  PRODUCTION  

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. 
Directed by Anne Rimmer

Auditions: possibly Sun 27 May 2018 at 1:30pm, and Monday 28 May 2018 at 7:30pm BUT TO BE CONFIRMED. 

SYNOPSIS

The Importance of Being Earnest was Wilde’s last play, and his most famous.

It was first performed in 1895, and has been revived many times since.

Two friends, Jack and Algernon both adopt the pseudonym of Ernest to hide an alter ego. Jack (as Ernest) comes up to town to propose to Algie’s smart cousin, Gwendolen, while Algie (as Ernest) ventures into the country to seek out Jack’s young ward, Cecily. Gwendolen’s mother, the overbearing Lady Bracknell, thwarts the young people's desires at every turn. Cecily’s elderly governess, Miss Prism is meanwhile drawn to the local cleric, Canon Chasuble. Hilarity ensues.

The play is a sparkling satire, highlighting the triviality with which Victorian society treated serious institutions such as marriage. The surface propriety of the English upper classes hid a deep layer of dishonesty. However, this play is a frothy piece which carries its message lightly. Everyone, even the servants, spouts seeming nonsense – which nevertheless holds a grain of truth.

The absurdity all ends happily, when Jack and Algie turn out to be long-lost brothers.

CHARACTERS

Actors do not need a plummy upper-class English accent. It is more important to have clear diction, and to be able to deliver Wilde's lines. A good sense of comic timing is essential for all the cast

John Worthing A serious young gentleman, known as Jack in the country and Ernest in the city Aged 29

Algernon Moncrieffa debonair and irresponsible young man, aged about 26. (He consumes a plate of cucumber sandwiches in Act 1 and a lot of muffins in Act II. Coeliacs should not apply!)


Reverend Canon Chasuble
, D.D. An elderly Anglican cleric

Lane: Algie’s manservant. Early 30s or older. Only in Act I, & will be part of stage crew.

Merriman: Jack's butler in the country. In Acts II and III. Will be part of the stage crew. If necessary this part could be changed to a maid.

Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen's mother. A large, imposing woman with a strong voice. Aged about 50. Could be played by a male.

Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax, a self-assured smart young lady. City-bred. Aged about 23.

Cecily Cardew, Jack’s ward, a naïve girl, raised in the country, but eager to learn about society. Aged 18.

Miss Prism, Cecily’s governess, a plain, silly woman addicted to Romance novels. Aged about 50-55

For more information please contact:

Anne Rimmer
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021 666 358

Script of the play: The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde  https://www.gutenberg.org/files/844/844-h/844-h.htm

 


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