Natasha Wolfe as Gwendoline and Rebecca Ide as Cecily.
Natasha Wolfe as Gwendoline and Rebecca Ide as Cecily. Julie West

Oscar Wilde is always in style

MURWILLUMBAH Theatre Company director Bryanne Jardine’s first experience with Oscar Wilde’s story The Importance of Being Earnest was in a theatre production many years ago.

The play had its first staging at Murwillumbah Civic Centre on Friday night.

“It’s a play I’ve loved for a very long time,” Ms Jardine said.

“It’s fun, it’s witty and clever. It’s cleverly written.”

While she’s not onstage for this production, Ms Jardine said the story had a special place in her heart.

“I played one of the roles myself as a teenager in Canberra,” she said.

“I played Cecily.”

While it’s set in upper-class Victorian England at the turn of the 20th century, Ms Jardine said the ideas behind The Importance of Being Earnest had transcended place and time.

“It’s a comedy and it’s taking a satirical look at society,” she said.

“Of course, so much of human nature (remains)... There’s things in there people can relate to now.”

Natasha Wolfe as Gwendoline and Graham Scott as Lady Bracknell in Murwillumbah Theatre Company's production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
Natasha Wolfe as Gwendoline and Graham Scott as Lady Bracknell in Murwillumbah Theatre Company's production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Julie West

A standout role in the show is that of Lady Bracknell, staged by Tweed man Graham Scott.

While it’s not always a role undertaken by a man, Ms Jardine said it wasn’t uncommon and cited performances by Geoffrey Rush, Stephen Fry and David Suchet in recent years.

She said Scott added a valued dynamic to the glamorous role.

“He’s doing an excellent job of it,” she said.

Ms Jardine said they were also welcoming a few new faces for the show.

“We’ve welcomed back Natasha Wolfe, who performed with us once before many, many years ago,” she said.

“We’ve also got (recent HSC graduate) Reba Ide.”

Murwillumbah Theatre Company's cast of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
Murwillumbah Theatre Company's cast of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Julie West

The show will be about 2.5hours long with an intermission.

It will be cabaret-style seating and a bar will be open in the Canvas and Kettle room from 6.30pm.

Tickets are available from Murwillumbah Electrics or at the door.

Please note tickets were previously available from Murwillumbah Music, but this is no longer the case.

Theatre show

  • What: The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Where: Murwillumbah Civic Centre
  • When: Remaining shows include March 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7.30pm. March 13 and 20 at 2pm
  • Visit www.murwillumbah theatrecompany.com for more information.


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