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The Importance of Being Honest


  • Playwright

    Billie Traynor 

  • Setting

    1913. High summer. An English country garden.

  • Synopsis

    Gwendolen and Cecily, Oscar Wilde’s most famous ladies, meet twenty years later and the barbs are still flying!

    Cecily Moncrieff is whiling her life away with rose-pruning and interpretative dance, when her eminently respectable sister-in-law, Gwendolen turns up on a surprise visit. Before long, these two old friends are battling it out, once more, over the tea and cake. This time it's a struggle for whose is the right way of life, as the women face into a century of change and daunting new fashion trends. It's a meeting of unexpected revelations with some great one-liners along the way!

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Cecily Noelle Brown (1)
Gwendolen Billie Traynor
Merriman Eamon Rohan
Production Team  
Director Liam Halligan
Set Designer Eoin Lennon
Lighting Designer Colm Maher
Costumes Helen Connolly
Stage Manager Helena White
Dramaturg Jessica Traynor
Graphic Design Beata Barylka
Production Photography Futoshi Sakauchi
Music & Sound Designer Eamonn Murphy
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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Billie Traynor

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.