Review: The Silchester Players present The Importance of Being EarnestBy Rachel Solomons
May 21, 2012
Set in the 1890s The Importance of Being Earnest is a light hearted comedy of where mistaken identities and foppery can make things go awry.
The action begins in London, in the home of Algernon Moncrieff (James Hellem), a thirty something moneyed individual waiting upon the arrival of his aunt Lady Bracknell (Caroline Martin) and his cousin Gwendolen Fairfax (Sarah Oliver).
Algernon’s good friend John Worthing (Roy Glancey) also arrives, and Hellem and Glancey were hilarious as the troublesome duo.
During their talk Worthing confesses that he is John in the town and Ernest - his badly behaved brother - in the country.
He also confesses that he has a ward, a Miss Cecily Cardew, (played convincingly by Leanne Qurrey) who is looked after by Miss Prism (Janice Garrard).
When Gwendolen arrives Ernest confesses his love for her and Gwendolen expresses her love for the name Ernest. The pairing is much to the dismay of Lady Bracknell!
Algernon, knowing he is the only one aware of John’s secret, travels to John’s country estate as Ernest to win the affections of Cecily, who like Gwendolen adores the name.
After Gwendolen unexpectedly arrives at the country house, there appears to be one Ernest too many. Will Dr Chausible (Nick Lock) offer a solution or will things go terribly wrong when the two men’s deceptions are found out?
Caroline Martin, as the dominating Lady Bracknell played well against Sarah Oliver who was an impressive Gwendolen Fairfax.
Director Brian Gillett led a talented cast and put on a most enjoyable evening.
A trivial comedy for serious people!