This year Etcetera Theatre Company are presenting The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. 

This satire on Victorian values is being styled in a Steam Punk theme to accentuate the comedy of manners and decadent virtues. 

The play’s familiar characters will be recognised in their different guise and the tales of love and romance will be played out among a quasi technological backdrop, not incongruent with the railway history of the Arches Theatre, Clifton Reynes.

Cast List

In order of appearance:


Algernon Moncrieff
Ben Dards

A socialite and gentleman of limited subsistence who has little enthusiasm for work or personal affairs until he meets Cecily and falls in love.

Lane / Merriman
Faisal Mohiuddin

A dedicated man in his mid life, well placed in his position and proud of his achievements. He is deft and dexterous, quietly anticipating and always attentive. 

Jack Worthing
Nat Gibbard

A gentleman of good standing and significant responsibility who contrives to evade social commitments in order to escape and woo, albeit ineffectively, Gwendolen. 

Lady Bracknell
Annette Probert

A Lady and woman of considerable means and many marriages. A bastion of social correctness with an astute mind for social advancement.

Gwendolen Fairfax
Dee Denehan

A young woman schooled in social etiquette and sufficiently strong in character to achieve what she wants. I woman with a sharp mind and hidden passion.

Miss Prism
Shirley Jones

A woman of years who, through devotion to her duty and her charges, now finds herself with diminishing opportunities to secure a married conclusion to her life. 

Cecily Cardew 
Charlotte Pask

A young, beautiful and delicate woman. newly introduced into society under the charge of her uncle John Worthing. Her more than sufficient understanding of men is surpassed by her awareness of the effect her beauty has on them.

Rev Chasuble
Bill Handley

A devout Christian and intellectual, with a passion for divinity and the power of the word. A consummate actor on a pulpit stage with a blindness for his own well being and a likeliness for perpetual solitude