Saturday September 12, 2015
The Playhouse, QPAC
Corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets
South Bank, QLD
Mike Webb and Susan Gosses
Language/ Cultural Consultant
Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is perhaps the most perfectly funny play ever written.
In this joyous production from W!LD RICE – named Singapore’s ‘sexiest theatre company’ by Lonely Planet – celebrated theatre and film director Glen Goei casts an all-male ensemble, revealing new insights into hidden identities, institutional marriage, and the politics of choosing a partner.
Two wealthy single men lead double lives to escape from the boredom of conventional society and to court the attentions of two beautiful young women. But when things get messy they must grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.
With sets inspired by English illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, a sensational international cast dressed to the nines by fashion doyen Frederick Lee, and a live string quartet from the Queensland Conservatorium, The Importance of Being Earnest promises to lift the spirits with an evening of sparkling wit, laughter and love.
This gender-bending production of Wilde’s comic masterpiece premiered in Singapore in 2009 and won three awards at the 2010 Life! Theatre Awards, including for Best Production. It was re-staged to critical acclaim in 2013 in Singapore and played to full houses at the Macau Arts Festival in 2014.
“Delightfully insincere… the stage oozed style and sophistication.” (Today, Singapore)