Review: The Importance of Being Earnest, Open Space Theatre Company , on tour until May 24

THIS talented amateur group has come along way since its formation just three years ago presenting quality productions to a professional standard. Their latest offering directed by Cathy Gill was no exception.

Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy which marked the climax of his career but also heralded his ultimate downfall was his last and probably most popular play. The packed audience at St Edmunds Hall, Hoxne revelled in the delicious humour, the authentic Victorian sets and the acting ability of the whole chosen cast, which did not put a foot wrong.

Dominating the stage both in colour and character was Lady Bracknell, a part tailor made for Janet Koralambe whose imperious voice could shatter glass. Her daughter Gwendoline in coquettish contrast was played by Sarah Yaxley while Cecily Cardew was equally well portrayed by Emma Martin. Ben Willmott as Wilde’s biographical character of Algernon Moncrieff and Grant Filshill as Jack Worthing with the pseudonym of Ernest romped through the play causing mayhem and confusion with their double lives.

The three butlers in immaculate dress but doing out of character dances to off stage music were played by Bruce Cox, Pat Quorn and Stefan Kubala. The cast was completed by Pat Parris as the governess Miss Prism and Steven Phipps as Canon Chasuble.

The production continues at Debenham on Friday and Saturday May 20/21 ending its run at Haleswoth on Tuesday, May 24.

Janet Chambers

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