“A handbag?” is the question at The Byre

Jack and Algernon with the famous muffins. (Photo by Daniel Koi)
Jack and Algernon with the famous muffins. (Photo by Daniel Koi)
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Bunburying and muffins, a handbag and high farce, along with a multiplicity of Ernests all collide at The Byre Theatre next week in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

Mermaids, St Andrews University’s student theatre group, are presenting what is arguably Oscar Wilde’s best known play in the first student production to be staged at The Byre since its reopening.

Written in 1895, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ ridicules the societal conventions and restrictions of late-Victorian society, following the lives of two best friends, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, both of whom have invented fictional personas to allow them more personal freedom - enter Ernest, Jack’s alter ego, and Bunbury, Algernon’s fictional friend who provides many an excuse and alibi for Algernon to avoid events he’d rather not be part of.

Add to that scenario the complication of romance with Cecily (Laura Francis) and Gwendelon (Emma Taylor) and the stage is set for fun and laughter.

The audience at the recent event to mark the new era at The Byre enjoyed a preview when Arnie Birss and Olli Gilford played Algernon and Jack respectively, in the famous ‘muffins’ scene from the play, with said baked products being enjoyed with relish on stage.

And if Arnie and Olli’s performance is anything to go by, this will be a production to remember.

The play runs from November 6-8. For tickets contact the box office.