Theatre group tours Oscar Wilde classic

The Big Little Theatre Company cast that will be performing a modern version of Oscar Wilde's classic play The Importance of Being Earnest. PHOTO SUPPLIED

An adaption of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest will be the first ever touring show by Ashburton’s own Big Little Theatre Company (BLTC).

The company will perform a modern version of the play at four different venues over five days later this month.

The show is being directed by Christchurch actress Nomi Cohen, who has adapted the original play to accommodate roles for a cast of 20.

The young actors are aged between 10 and 18 and went through auditions and were given roles at the end of last year. Since February they have been busy rehearsing at Ashburton Trust Event Centre.

Show publicity officer Zalie Doyle said a lot of effort had been put in by the actors, who were enjoying tackling the comedy and were being supported by a lot of willing helpers.

She said the reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest was a farce that featured falsehoods, wit and questionable societal norms. “It will definitely have the audience laughing out loud.”

The first performance will be a private show at the Mayfield Hall on April 20 and the following day there are still a few tickets available for a show at the event centre at 7.30pm.

The Christchurch show on April 22 is at the Little Andromeda Theatre and the final show is door sales only at the Winchmore Hall on April 24.

Zalie said it was exciting times for BLTC and there were new challenges lined up for everyone.

The company’s first ever touring show meant a busy couple of weeks were ahead.”We’ll be packing in and packing out the set at each venue, using movable props, transporting the actors and performing on a different stage each night.”