The Importance of Being Earnest

A fast paced gender-swapped retelling of Oscar Wilde’s enduringly popular play. Wit, satire and social commentary collide to look at the roles of men and women in theatre in this energetic farce. Follow a group of actors, under the tutelage of Lane and Merriman, get to grips with playing the opposite sex onstage. Larger than life pantomime performance, slick sarcasm and an audience member conscripted to play the role of Miss Prism for the final act make for a recipe for challenging and enthralling whimsy.


Jack – Olivia Watters

Algernon – Catriona Rawlins

Gwendolen – Robin Johnson

Cecily – Chris Barlow

Lady Bracknell – Ian Wainwright

Lane – Katya Henderson

Merriman – Sevan Keoshgerian


Director – Jed Marshall

Ass. Director –  Joe Hart

Ass. Director – Poppy Gill

Producer – Aoife Thomas

Producer – Jamie Hemingway