Bruiser's latest production, an updated version of Wilde's classic The Importance of Being Earnest opened to a sell-out audience on Friday in Belfast's The MAC Theatre. Find out what the critics and audience had to say about the show!
'Diana Ennis’s minimal yet effective set provokes thoughts of how the night is going to unfold. Flamboyance and fabulousness already seems evident. The perimeter of the stage surrounding the supine Wilde encompasses a circular staircase with spot-lit ottomans on each level.'- Culture Hub Magazine by Ciara Conway
'Standout performances are Ross Anderson-Doherty‘s Lady Bracknell and Richard Croxford’s Lady Prism. Bracknell’s fabulously decorated pompous projections and Prism’s innocent yet promiscuous nature are met with hearty chuckles throughout.'- Culture Hub Magazine by Ciara Conway
'Purists will be glad to know the play itself stays intact and grounded to the original that Wilde penned, whereas younger audiences and non-purists will love the addition of the songs that add another layer of absurdity and serve as a way of incorporating more of Oscar in this play than ever before. The cast members are all fabulous and inhabit the roles given to them, especially Ross Anderson-Doherty who somewhat steals the show with a captivating turn as the fiery rapid fire speaking Lady Bracknell.'- Pastie Bap by Chris Caldwell
'With a pre-existing lack of strong female stage roles, performing The Importance of Being Earnest with an all male cast was always going to raise questions about Bruiser Theatre Company’s decision. Artistically, director Lisa May’s gamble pays off.'- Alan in Belfast by Alan Meban
'In Lisa May’s fresh, cleverly constructed production, the focus falls relentlessly on Oscar himself. In the pre-set, a Wilde lookalikes sashays on stage to repose languidly on a silken couch. Around and above him, Diana Ennis’ Escher-inspired set of winding staircases and private nooks hints of secret acts in dark places. Pin-sharp lighting goes up on seven ottomans draped with throws and cushions.'- The Stage by Jane Coyle
'The stand-out performances are Joseph Derrington’s puppyish Algy and Ross Anderson-Doherty’s wonderfully enunciated Lady Bracknell.'- The Stage by Jane Coyle
What the Audience Thought