5th Oct - 16th Oct 2021
Daybreak Theatre Company
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
"In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing."
In Oscar Wilde's classic trivial comedy, two very different bachelors both employ the use of made-up alibis in order to escape their everyday lives - but in a whirl of deception and mistaken identity, both men find themselves scrambling to hold their lies together in the face of love!
Serious and responsible Jack goes by the name of Earnest in order to have some irresponsible fun in the city, blaming the consequences on an infamously badly behaved non-existent brother. Meanwhile his best friend - charming, spirited yet amoral Algernon - has invented a seriously ill pal called Bunbury, whom he can claim has suddenly taken a terrible turn for the worse whenever he needs to escape social boredom.
After proposing to the love of his life, stylish and straightforward Gwendolyn, Jack desperately tries to make himself worthy in the eyes of her snobbish, domineering mother. Arriving back to his home in the country intending to get baptised, he is horrified to find Algernon shamelessly in the midst of a Bunbury-ish encounter with Jack's ward, young and impatient daydreamer Cecily. As both men try to balance their lies and quarrels with their new relationships, the pair find themselves caught up in a farcical tangle of confusion, stolen identity, and often surprisingly sweet romance.
A hilarious, witty, trivial play that examines the hypocrisy of upper class values and the shallowness of those trying to uphold their places in society.
£ 12 Full Price
Tues - Sat 7:15pm
Concessions are accepted for pensioners, unemployed, students and under16s.