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


Photo middle is  The Director, Anne Rimmer, as Cecily, at the University of New Brunswick, Canada in 1974

AUDITIONS on Tuesday 10th April and/or Wed 11th April 2018 at 7.30pm in the theatre at The Rose Centre, Belmont.  Come into the foyer to register.
The audition will be in a group format. Individuals, or groups of individuals, will be invited onto the stage to read sections of the play.  The director is looking for clear diction and ease of movement on stage. ALL are welcome.  Do come and have a go. We welcome new members at all times.  Very friendly society!  Phone or email Anne, the director, details below


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.


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

If you would like to LOOK AT THE FILM,  here is a youtube link :






Last Legs by Roger Hall

Directed by Sian Davis     

SHOW Dates: 17 Nov – 1 Dec, 2018 in the Rose Theatre, at The Rose Centre, Belmont. 

Rehearsals are usually Tues/Thurs evening and Sunday afternoons, but will be confirmed with the cast. Rehearsals commence after Sept 17 2018.  

 “A (cardio) arresting comedy packed with hypertensive hilarity. For Roger Hall, there's nothing retiring about retirement and ageing is not merely a tale of bridge and bedpans. Last Legs is a lethally funny black comedy about sex, death and politics with an irresistible appeal to the old and bold of heart.”   From the Auckland Theatre production. 2017

CAST:  4 women and 2 men.

All the characters are of an age to live in a well-to-do retirement community. 


Trish (also plays another older character, Sheila, with a strong English accent. )

Kitty (also plays another older character Joyce.)

Edna (also plays another older character Eve)

Helena - in a relationship with Angus and 15 years YOUNGER than Angus.  (also plays another character Lexie)




SCRIPT (digital) available from Sherry - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Email the director, Sian Davis, with any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

OR phone Sian on 09 4834 245

AUDITION TIME:  SUNDAY June 24th, at The Rose Centre, in the theatre.  Please come into the foyer to register, or phone / email Sian your intention to attend.  The audition will be a group format.  Everyone will be invited into the theatre. There will then be readings from extracts of the script. Please make sure you have read the script.





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