A Level English Literature trip: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
On Thursday, 22nd September, myself and thirteen other A-level English Literature students travelled to Cambridge Arts Theatre to watch a production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Upon entering the theatre, we were greeted with an intricately set stage graced with details and art all painting the picture of a conventional upper-class Victorian household. As we grabbed our seats and the lights dimmed, the next 2 hours and 20 minutes were filled with satire, shock and scandal. With a vibrant cast to bring these satirical characters to life, and amazing costumes and set designs to match, we all chuckled, smiled and watched attentively as the play progressed from marriage proposals to fake names, double lives and a particularly peculiar handbag! To end this review, I believe that we would all agree that this play succeeded in demonstrating through its comedic and ludicrous writing The (true) Importance of Being Earnest.
by Emily Rhodes
The hour minibus journey to Cambridge was more than enough to kindle my excitement towards seeing ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. I didn’t know what to expect, other than it being a comedy, but I was pleasantly surprised. The cast was fantastic, they articulated their words so satisfactorily and eloquently; I felt fully immersed in the Victorian society in which the play was set. The comedic aspect of the play was triumphant, where the satire was wholly relevant to today, which made it even funnier. The actors and the set were amazing, you could tell the sheer amount of effort and time which was put into it (and it really paid off!). I would absolutely recommend seeing the play to anyone interested.
by Adesola Jinadu-Adewale