Production 149 The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being EarnestBy Oscar Wilde

Performed on Thu 10th to Sat 12th April 1997 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Lane (Algernon’s manservant) Christopher Sewell
Algernon Moncrieff Julian Gilmore
John Worthing, J.P. (Jack) Dick Turner
Lady Bracknell Stephanie Young
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax (her daughter) Sue Watson
Miss. Prism (Cecily’s governess) Mary Kettyle
Ceclily Cardew (Jack’s ward) Charlotte Skinner
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. (Rector of Woolton) Peter Ryder
Merriman (Jack’s butler) Charles Bailey

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The Importance of Being Earnest

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One of Players Best Yet

Peter Ryder is confidant The Guild Players production of The Importance of Being Earnest is one of their best yet. He should know. His association with them stretches back over 25 years and includes a number of memorable performances. We have a talented cast and an experienced director who knows what he wants, which is very important, says Peter. His first appearance in Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece was as the neurotic Jack Worthing, in 1971. The play revolves around Jack’s desperate attempts to secure the girl of his dreams. These include the novel strategy of adopting the name of Earnest. This time round, and some 26 years older, Peter is Dr. Chasuble, the co-operative cleric, who is called on to perform the necessary Christening. He believes in the heretical views of the Anabaptists. I will play him as a spoof of an elderly late 19th Century vicar, deadpan and very pompous, he said. The part is a far cry from Peter’s last effort for The Guild Players as the title role in their production of Mother Goose. Acting is a chance for me to be somebody else. People are actually there to hear you. Peter trained as an engineer and used to work for the Dover Harbour Board until he took early retirement. He is also a lay preacher which he says draws on his acting skills. So many people tend to preach to the walls or the ceiling. With sermons in particular you have the opportunity to make eye contact with your audience and get what you want to say across with feeling.

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Players Shine in Wilde’s Earnest

Perhaps the best known and loved of Oscar Wilde’s plays, The Importance of Being Earnest, was the latest – and a most excellent – presentation by The Guild Players at The Kilshawe Theatre, Deal, last week. A sparkling cast, expertly directed by Tony Sewell, kept audiences riveted with their splendid interpretation of Wilde’s witty and intriguing insight into the eccentricities of Victorian aristocracy. Stephanie Young, sustaining a superb upper-crust accent, brilliantly portrayed the formidable, yet endearing, Lady Bracknell, a magnificent performance. Dick Turner, who has a natural aptitude for comedy, was splendid as Jack Worthing, object of the affections of Lady Bracknell’s daughter Gwendolen, a role skilfully interpreted by Sue Watson. The interaction between Jack and his friend Algernon, wittily played by Julian Gilmore, was sheer delight. Newcomer, Charlotte Skinner played Cecily with naturalness and charm, a delightful performance. Peter Ryder, playing Chasuble, produced a finely observed and amusing portrait of an eccentric country rector and Mary Kettyle’s Miss. Prism provided a worthy foil for him and Cecily. Christopher Sewell’s fine portrayal of Lane, the manservant, as a consummate Jeeves, was a joy and Merriman, successfully played by Charles Bailey, completed the brilliant cast. Magnificent sets, designed and built by Tony Harverson and Bob Little, provided the perfect background to a wonderful performance. Congratulations must go to Lei Cobb and all the backstage crew for an outstanding production.

S.M.B

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Sewell
Producer Lei Cobb
Stage Manager Prue Jamieson
Stage Hands Louise Greenhead & Bob Little
Set Builders & Painters Tony Harverson & Bob Little
Lighting Design Nick Tigwell
Lighting Operator Lei Cobb
Costumes Christine Eyden & Lei Cobb
Props Pam Jones
Make-Up Jo Carnell
Prompt Elaine Hockley
Front of House Manager Pat Little
Front of House Assistants Brenda Smith, Pam Rawcliffe & Christine Eyden
Bar Carol Melvile & Christine Eyden
Refreshments Gill Watson & Pat Little
Publicity Paul Rutterford & Gill Watson
Box Office Gwendoline Shane
Programme Design Christopher Sewell

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