CVP is an energetic non-professional drama company based on the Herefordshire / Worcestershire border a few miles from Great Malvern.
Here you can read about our past productions, book for the next one and learn how to contribute as an actor or behind the scenes.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde
It’s one of theatre’s best known lines: ‘a handbag?’ cries Lady Bracknell as Jack Worthing, who wants to marry her daughter Gwendolen, admits he doesn't know who his parents were and was ‘found’ in a cloakroom at Victoria Station. So begins Oscar Wilde’s hilarious 1895 comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. Jack’s invented a brother called Earnest whose exploits give him an excuse to visit Gwendolyn, while his friend Algernon uses the same fake name to court Jack’s ward, Cecily. Both women say they can only love a man called Earnest but the men’s plans come unstuck when everyone meets in a country house where Cecily’s mysterious governess Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble, who has desires of his own, soon bring matters to a head.
To learn how it ends, you’ll need to see (or rather hear) the show - for we’re ‘staging’ it not at Cradley School as usual but as an audio play, like the ones on BBC Radio 4. Our actors rehearsed from home on-line and recorded their parts on mobile phones. The recordings were edited by David Hewitt who added sound effects and music played by Emma Robertson.
Using the player below, you can listen to the result or download it for free. If you'd prefer, you can listen to it on soundcloud. We'd love to know what you think of it.
We plan to be back 'in the flesh' before too long, but meanwhile hope you enjoy our take on Wilde as much as we enjoyed creating it.
Clockwise from top left: Russ Shalofsky (Jack), Tom Van Vuren (Lane), Judi and David Creed-Newton (Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble), Joanne Eldridge (Gwendolyn), Bruce Herriot (Algy), David Robertson (Merriman/Producer), Sue Lim (Cecily) and Jill Salmons (Lady Bracknell)
Technical Director David Hewitt edits the multi-track cast recording, adding music and sound effects