Whether you’re a theatre nut or you haven’t seen many plays in Singapore, this show will give you a good laugh. And don’t we need it! Wild Rice’s The Importance of Being Earnest returns to the stage from 7 February to 8 March. Set in the Victorian period, the Oscar Wilde play pokes fun at upper-class conventions, through a tale of mistaken identities and romantic pursuits that result in hilarious outcomes. It was on here a few years ago and was absolutely brilliant. We find out more from two of the key people from the production.
Glen Goei, Director
Tell us about cast and why you chose them.
Our cast is made up of some of Singapore’s most well-known actors like Chua Enlai, Hossan Leong and Ivan Heng. The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the world’s funniest comedies so I went with a cast full of great comic actors – performers who have brilliant comic timing.
It’s such a fun story! What’s your favourite part?
My favourite is in Act Two, a point where emotions run high. We’re treated to a fantastic cat fight between the two female characters, Gwendolen and Cecily, before the male leads Algernon and Jack have one of their own!
What’s the best part about directing it?
Getting to work on one of the most famous and funniest scripts ever written! I’m honoured to direct this play by Oscar Wilde, not only because he’s one of the finest playwrights of all time, but also because of what he represented when it comes to LGBTQ causes. In The Importance of Being Earnest, he champions tolerance and being true to yourself. And that’s something Wild Rice lives by.
Any highlights to share?
There has never been another production of The Importance of Being Earnest anywhere in the world where every character is played by a man – and I’m not talking about men who do drag and perform while dressed as women! In my interpretation of this play, every character is the voice of Oscar Wilde. I won’t be giving away anything else, so you’ll just have to come and see for yourself!
In 10 words or less, what can we expect from the play?
Fun, loads of laughs and a great evening out!
Hossan Leong, Actor
Which character do you play?
I play Miss Prism. She’s a governess with a deep, dark secret that she has buried in a handbag somewhere in the closet.
What do you love most about playing her?
The punchlines, plot twists and the layers that Miss Prism have make her such a fun character to play. She’s gruff and hard on the outside but once she’s found love, she’s like a flirty young woman.
Anything you’d like to say to those considering getting tickets?
What’s not to like about the play? It’s Oscar Wilde, has eight amazing actors, is directed by Glen Goei, and is also at the new Wild Rice theatre! Come!
Watch the show!
When: 7 February to 8 March
Where: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ Wild Rice, Funan Level 4
How: Tickets are available from Sistic and start from $35