The lights are low. The gin is in great supply. And in the
smoky depths of a 50s London gay bar, the band are playing your
Brimming with vivacious wit, a bit of bravado and some
downright silliness, Earnest is an audacious reimagining that
blasts the cobwebs off Oscar Wilde's classic text - The Importance
of Being Earnest. Bringing the beloved play to
life is a sprightly all-male cast, a sexy live band, and the
greatest hits of Cher (yes, Cher!).
Fractious Tash (Confessions, Titus) and Last Tapes Theatre
Company (The Last Five Years, Verbatim) have joined forces to shed
new light on a classic - to show audiences that Earnest may not be
the story they think they know. With a wink and a nod, Earnest is
about celebrating the gay rights movement as it is now in New
Zealand, while acknowledging what it has taken to get
To get any production from its inception through to the
final product costs money - after all, fabulous doesn't come for
free. Your donation will help us to pay for our production costs.
Whether it's $500 to cover our sound designer, or $50 towards the
green velvet framing our set, every little bit
Your investment in our vision for this production, and our
vision as theatre companies in New Zealand, helps us to do what we
love and take the next step in our journey. And we appreciate
To show just how much we appreciate it we're making
flowers. Above the stage, we'll be hanging ornate green carnations
around our lights. For Earnest, these represent the flowers worn on
the lapel of Oscar Wilde, later becoming a way for Victorian men to
secretly indicate their homosexuality. For us, they also represent
our gratitude to you.
"To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a
misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness!"
Presented in collaboration with Q Theatre
Supported by Hendricks Gin & Wallace Arts Trust