The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
11th – 13th April 2019
Directed by Sarah Hill
In Spring 2019, Q2 Players will be “displaying signs of triviality” when they stage the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance Of Being Earnest. Packed with frivolous courtships and serious Bunburying, this classic farce is the perfect antidote to the April showers.
John (Jack/Ernest) Worthing – lead role, in love with Gwendolen, guardian of Cecily. Jack Worthing is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life.
Algernon Moncrieff – secondary lead, best friend of Jack, cousin to Cecily. Algernon is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and given to making delightful paradoxical and epigrammatic pronouncements.
Gwendolen Fairfax – Cousin to Algernon and daughter to the ferocious Lady Bracknell. She is sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious
Cecily Cardew – Jack’s ward, intrigued with the idea of wickedness. Invents an elaborate romance and courtship between herself and Jack’s fictional brother Earnest.
Lady Bracknell – Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen’s mother. Lady Bracknell is given to making hilarious pronouncements, but where Algernon means to be witty, the humor in Lady Bracknell’s speeches is unintentional.
Miss Prism – Cecily’s governess. Miss Prism is an endless source of pedantic bromides and clichés. Also, she entertains romantic feelings for Dr. Chasuble.
Rev. Canon Chasuble – The rector on Jack’s estate. Dr. Chasuble entertains secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism.
Lane – Algernon’s manservant. Lane appears only in Act I.
Merriman – The butler at the Manor House, Jack’s estate in the country. Merriman appears only in Acts II and III.
Read-through: Wednesday 9th January 2019
Audition: Wednesday 16th January 2019