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23 February 2015 / Truro High presents 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

Girls from the age of eight to eighteen are busy rehearsing, building sets, creating props and making costumes for Truro High School's production of Oscar Wilde’s witty satire ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ which will be performed from 4th to 6th March.

Friends Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff concoct elaborate deceptions to woo their love interests, Gwendolen and Cecily, but their carefully arranged schemes cannot hold up for long. What follows is a farcical web of mistaken identities and witty banter as three love stories are simultaneously played out with characteristically Wildean panache.

The role of Jack Worthing is being played by fourteen year old Savannah Hall, from Truro, Algernon Moncrieff by Zahra Dala, from Truro, Gwendolen by thirteen year old Kitty Piccin-White, from Truro, and Cecily by sixteen year old Emily Elwell-Deighton from Falmouth. The formidable Lady Bracknell is being played by fourteen year old Georgiana Tregunna from Rejerrah.

Backstage, students are hard at work on artistic creations to perfectly dress one of the central characters the play revolves around: the Victorian drawing room. Screen printing everything from curtains to wallpaper with beautiful art nouveau designs the students can’t wait to see their pieces bring Wilde’s farce to life on stage.

“The rehearsals are going very well and everyone involved either on stage or off is trying to make this show anything but an 'Earnest' production,” said Head of Drama Ian Tutin who is directing the production. “’The Importance of Being Earnest’ is widely regarded as Wilde’s great satirical masterpiece. Lampooning the hypocrisies of Victorian society with charm, wit and a dollop of the ludicrous you can see why. Our students really hope to capture the hilarious essence of this ‘trivial comedy for serious people’”.

Tickets for the Truro High School production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ cost £7 or £5 for children and can be purchased via the school reception on 01872 272830 or at reception@trurohigh.co.uk.


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