A Woman Of No Importance 

Directed by Owen Le Blanc


Performances

Wednesday 25th March 2009, 7.45pm
Thursday 26th March 2009, 7.45pm
Friday 27th March 2009, 7.45pm
Saturday 28th March 2009, 7.45pm


Lords and ladies gather for afternoon tea and brilliant banter at an idyllic English country estate. For young Gerald Arbuthnot and his mother, the assembled not-so-polite company hold the keys to happiness in love and life. In this comedy of serial seducers, moralizing monogamists, secret pasts and simmering heartbreak, how will the Arbuthnots choose between social advancement and painful truths spoken from the heart?

In 1895, the year that saw the debut of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, the playwright lost everything when he was convicted of "gross indecency" and sentenced to two years in prison. A Woman of No Importance had premiered two years earlier and anticipated the forces that would strike him down. Of British society, he said, "To be in it is merely a bore. To be out of it is simply a tragedy."

This is a razor-sharp study of a world that values image above integrity. Don't miss Wilde's stylish and typically witty exposé of the Victorian Establishment.



Director Owen Le Blanc appeared on Tony Barker's Theatre Show on Canalside Community Radio (102.8FM) on Thursday 12th March.

You can download an MP3 of the broadcast here. (2.4MB, 5 minutes)

Awards

This production won the Margaret Thomas Salver for Best Costume at the Cheshire Theatre Guild Full Length Play Awards 2008-2009 season.

Tony Barker did a brief article about it on his Theatre Show on Canalside Community Radio (102.8FM) on Thursday 18th June, including a short interview with Grace Reed our wardrobe manager.

You can download an MP3 of the broadcast here. (1MB, 2 minutes)


Photo Gallery



The Cast
Mrs Arbuthnot Julia Barnes
Gerald Arbuthnot Ian Hare
Lord Illingworth John Banks
Lady Hunstanton Grace Reed
Hester Worsley Catherine Rowley
Lady Caroline Pontefract Marion Dean
Mrs Allonby Anja Heine
Lady Stutfield Val Harris
The Archdeacon, Dr Daubeny Gordon Dean
Mr Kelvil MP Trevor Williams
Sir John Pontefract Owen Le Blanc
Alice & Frances, Servants Janet Douglas
Farquar, Butler Tobias Schiebeck

 

The Crew
Director Owen Le Blanc
Stage Manager Karl Douglas
Lighting Tobias Schiebeck
Sound Anja Le Blanc
Properties Gordon Dean
Ron Hulme
Costumes Grace Reed
Marion Dean
Prompt Marguerite Alexander
Programme Julia Barnes