Ballyshannon Drama Society

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

8 March 2019
8.00 p.m.

The theatre doors will close strictly at 8.00!
Please be seated by 7.50.

(Please note: no food or drink will be allowed in the theatre during any performance, as this is a competition.)

The Play

Oscar Wilde's wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This "trivial comedy for serious people" features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack's country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers and the most famous handbag in theatre history. The Ballyshannon Drama Society's ingenious production of this timeless classic offers the unmissable opportunity to see what the London Telegraph calls "the most perfect comedy in the English language."

Act 1:
Algernon Moncrieff's flat in Half-Moon Street
Act 2: The Garden at the Manor House, Woolton
Act 3: The Vestibule at the Manor House, Woolton


(In Order of Appearance)


Kevin Lilley

Algernon Moncrieff

Sean Donegan

Jack Worthing

Terence McEneaney

Lady Bracknell

Rachel O'Connor

Gwendolyn Fairfax

Louise Larkin

Miss Prism

Trish Keane

Cecily Cardew

Sinead Luke

Dr. Chasuble

Tony Liston


Mark Kirby



Conor Beattie

Stage Manager

Carl Duggan

Lighting Design

Mark Fearon

Lighting Operation

Martin Ferris


Conor Beattie

Set Design

Trish Keane

Set Construction

Paul McGonigle
John Travers


Rachel O'Connor

Stage Crew

Aiden McGuinness
Linda Gallagher
Mark Langan
Maureen Travers
Sean McLoon
Michael Travers
Keith Robinson
Mary Duggan

The Group

Ballyshannon Drama Society have hosted their Annual Drama Festival since 1952 and regularly competes on the festival circuit. They won the All Ireland One Act in 1958 with Spreading the News and in 2000 with The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish. In 1961 they won the All Ireland in Athlone with Old Road and in 2011 took the All Ireland Confined with Steel Magnolias. In 2014 they qualified for the Open Finals in Athlone with The Gingerbread Lady, 2015 with God of Carnage and in 2016 with Harold Pinter's Old Times. Their recent productions include Wake in the West, Memory of Water, Snake in the Grass, Mixed Doubles, Our Town, Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, A Funny Kind of Day and Play On. The Group were 2017 runners up in the One Act Finals with Shelagh Stephenson's Five Kinds of Silence. We hosted the All Ireland One Act Finals in 1996 and 2014 and are excited to host the 2020 Confined 3 Act Finals.
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