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The Importance of Being Earnest - Auditions

  • DW1, Jack Mann Auditorium 53 Solway Ave Christchurch, Canterbury, 8041 New Zealand (map)

DramaSoc Presents: The Importance of Being Earnest; A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.






  • Auditionees may prepare a short (1 - 2 min) monologue. This is preferred but non-compulsory
  • Auditionees should expect to read some excerpts from the show
  • Character descriptions coming soon!



  • Friday 20th: 7pm - 9pm
  • Saturday 21st: 9am - 6pm
  • Sunday 22nd: 9am - 6pm

Email producer@dramasoc.org.nz with your preferred times to book a place!




  • Director - Liam Boardman
  • Producer - Asher Etherington



This classic show by Oscar Wilde is a comedy of manners, full of witty wordplay and hilarious characters. John Worthing, a carefree young gentleman, is the inventor of a fictitious brother, “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home from time to time and journey to London, where he stays with his close friend and confidant, Algernon Moncrieff. Algernon has a cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, with whom John is deeply in love. During his London sojourns, John, under the name Ernest, has won Gwendolen’s love, for she strongly desires to marry someone with the confidence-inspiring name of Ernest. But when he asks for Gwendolen’s hand from the formidable Lady Bracknell, John finds he must reveal he is a foundling who was left in a handbag at Victoria Station. This is very disturbing to Lady Bracknell, who insists that he produce at least one parent before she consents to the marriage.

Returning to the country home where he lives with his ward Cecily Cardew and her governess Miss Prism, John finds that Algernon has also arrived under the identity of the non-existent brother Ernest. Algernon falls madly in love with the beautiful Cecily, who has long been enamoured of the mysterious, fascinating brother Ernest.

With the arrival of Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen, chaos erupts. It is discovered that Miss Prism is the absent-minded nurse who twenty years ago misplaced the baby of Lady Bracknell’s brother in Victoria Station. Thus John, whose name is indeed Ernest, is Algernon’s elder brother, and the play ends with the two couples in a joyous embrace.

Earlier Event: June 2
DramaSoc UN-MIC-ED
Later Event: July 27
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