The Importance of Being Earnest

Date 7th June 2016
Society Overton Dramatic Society
Venue St Mary's Hall, Overton
Type of Production Play
Director Doug Storer

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Author: Chris Horton

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is one of the most famous theatrical comedies and a great favourite with amateur groups.  It tells the story of Jack Worthing and his friend Algernon Moncrieff and their convoluted romantic exploits and is full of quick wit, ridiculous plotlines and florid language as well as money, morals and hypocrisy.

The sets were handsome and tastefully furnished in keeping with the period as were the props which were well used by the cast. The garden set was gorgeous and a very nice idea to have a garden swing. 

The costumes were striking and of the highest quality and well fitted. A great deal of thought had gone into the relevant hair and make up for the period.       

 The lighting was effective and well controlled. Great sound effects when Jack was looking “upstairs” for the handbag.

There was much to savour in this highly entertaining production. The talent and enthusiasm of the performers was evident. There were superb performances from every one of the solid and reliable cast. Kate Llewellyn deserves a special mention as she brought a freshness and liveliness to the role of Cecily, the youngest character. This is one of my favourite plays and also that of first time Director Doug Storer, who is to be congratulated for this evening of high class and immensely enjoyable fun.