This July, Duked Productions will tour a modern version of ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde. It is present day London. Algernon, Jack, Gwendolen and Cecily are party people. Miss Prism is quite hip, or at least she thinks she is. Reverend Chasuble has boundary issues. Lane is more than usually unconventional. Cecily is having a fling with Merriman, and Lady Bracknell is more herself than ever.
The official opening night is in Emo Court on July 5. From there the cast go on to Thomastown, before hitting Dublin the following week for two performances, and on the afternoon of July 14, a performance will be held at the French Festival in Portarlington, where Edward Carson, one of the prosecutors in the court case that sent Wilde to prison, went to school. The play will finish up at the Galway Fringe Festival on July 26 & 27. Duked Productions was set up by Portarlington native Ailish Leavy, who looks forward to returning to Emo Court this year, as well as playing to another home crowd in Saint Paul’s Church, as part of this year’s Festival Francais de Portarlington.