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The Importance of Being Earnest

The latest Grange School production, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, earned rave reviews for the high quality of acting, production and direction.

The cast was excellent throughout with Sixth formers Jonathan Combey and Sebastian Ritchie well matched against each other as Algy and Jack; their comic timing was excellent, the laughs increasing in volume and frequency as the evening progressed.  Jemima Morrison was entrusted with some of the play's best lines as Lady Bracknell, whilst Rachel Janes and Emily Clough brought real colour to the roles of Gwendolen and Cecily.

With its well-known characters and classic Wilde-isms this proved to be a popular production.  For the first time in the school theatre the performance was set ‘in the round' which gave a whole new perspective for the audience and a range of challenges to the actors. To add further interest to the piece I decided upon a moving stage which gave the audience a different view of each scene as it slowly rotated.

"I never cease to be amazed at the range and scope of Grange school productions, the audience can always be assured of an excellent evening's entertainment. This was a beautifully paced production with the strong ensemble playing which is so crucial to comedy," commented audience member Corrine Lawrence.

A matinee of the performance was also enjoyed by a group of local residents from Queen Elizabeth House in Northwich. The guests, who were looked after admirably by the school's Community Action group, enjoyed a sumptuous pre-show lunch followed by front row seats for the play.

By Mrs Sunners