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To Hell in a Handbag

The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism


  • Playwright

    Helen Norton  Jonathan White 

  • Setting

    July 1895. The Garden at the Manor House, Woolton and The Rectory, Woolton.

  • Synopsis

    While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private? This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity - and money.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Miss Prism, Governess Helen Norton
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D Jonathan White
Voice Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
Voice Kathy Rose O'Brien
Voice Shane O'Reilly
Production Team  
Director Conor Hanratty
Set Designer Maree Kearns
Lighting Designer Colm Maher
Costume Designer Saileóg O'Halloran
Sound Designer Brendan Breslin
Stage Manager Sarah Purcell
Assistant Stage Manager Emily Mathews
Sound Recording Noel Storey
Publicist Sabrina Sheehan
Graphic Design Gareth Jones
Photography Ste Murray
Website Design Eoin Kilkenny
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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Faith O'Grady, Lisa Richards Agency

  • Address

    108 Upper Leeson Street
    Dublin 4
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 637 5000

  • Email


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Source Of Information

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