The Importance of Being Earnest


“The audience went Wilde”, Australian Stage.

A trivial comedy performed by two serious people.

This particularly anarchic production of Oscar Wilde’s classic was co-commissioned by the Barbican and Powerhouse, Brisbane, (following a string of hit shows) and directed by Dr. Jude Kelly OBE, currently Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre.

“It’s hard to imagine how two men can play nine different characters, let alone in the last scene when all the major protagonists of varying age, gender and believability are on stage at once, but Jon Haynes and David Woods, under the wonderful appellation Ridiculusmus manage to pull it off with indubitable talent, considerable panache, a fabulous comic sense and the aid of some amazing costume changes. It must be seen to be believed”. The Stage.

 Ridiculusmus’ The Importance of Being Earnest is as funny and stylish as Oscar could have wanted, while giving audiences another way of experiencing it”, Sunday Age.

 “Wilde’s ricochet of aphorisms is a gift for Ridiculusmus’ brand of unsettling and highly energized theatre. A uproarious mess of nonsense.”, Sydney Stage Online.’Masters of comic invention’ Ridiculusmus bring their unique brand of seriously funny theatre to Wilde’s great comedy of manners.

Cast & Crew

Director Jude Kelly
Designer Zoe Atkinson
Original Lighting Designer Jo Currey
Original Music Consultant & Sound Design Lawrence English
Additional Music and Sound Design Jon Haynes, David Woods & Jude Kelly
Gaillard Tutor Marcelle Davies
Costume Construction Sara Walker & Marsia Berg
Millinery Construction Susie Rigg
Set Construction Tony Bergin
Puppet Construction Jiri Zmito & Zoe Atkinson
Assistant Designer Gabrielle Kotai
Stage & Production Manager Doug Bonallack
Dresser Wendy Findlater
Stage Manager Rebecca Rees
Original company Producer Jo Crowley
Stage Manager Lyndie Li Wan Po
Sound Realiser 2020 Tom Backhaus
Lighting Design 2020 Stephen Hawker
Producer 2020 Erin Milne, Bureau of Works

Partners & Funders

BarbicanBrisbane PowerhouseArts Council EnglandBritish Council

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