The Importance of Being Frank is Paddy Gormley's adaptation, in rhyming verse, of Oscar Wilde's masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest

Scroll down or click on the picture below for five click-to-play audio excerpts from a live audience recording. 

The Importance of Being Frank: ensemble shot
Links to cast members' personal pages and other related websites my be found towards the bottom of this page. 
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The Importance of Being Frank is a light-hearted subversion of the plot of Oscar Wilde's famous play. Whereas Wilde's play begins in London and proceeds to Woolton, Paddy Gormley begins with an adaptation of Wilde's Act 2, in which Cecily finds the calling card of Bad Cousin Ernest and decides to go to London in search of him.  The plot never recovers, but many of Wilde's famous lines and ideas take on new context and meaning. 

This adaptation requires a cast of eight:  Cecily, Gwendolen, Lady Bracknell, Miss Prisim, Algernon, Jack, Chasuble and Lane.  The running time is approximately seventy minutes with an optional interval. 

The audio excerpts below are taken from the rehearsed reading by Actors & Writers London in June 2009, directed by Martin Cort. Copies of the full recording are available to would-be producers of the play. 

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Click any photograph below for the corresponding actor's website. 

Scroll down further for links to director Martin Cort's site, the Actors & Writers London website and other related sites by Paddy Gormley. 

Sarah Flower James McNeill Julia Haythorn Kimball Armes Dorothea Phillips Hilary Field Clive Ward David Hampshire
The Actors & Writers London website features biographies of more than 150 actors, writers and directors and hundreds of cast lists of rehearsed playreadings. Martin Cort's website, which describes his work as actor and director, also includes click-to-play audio recordings.  About fifteen of Paddy Gormley's plays for stage and radio are featured on his Exciting Writing website, including extensive click-to-play audio and video of performances and readings. 

Click here for Actors & Writers London


Click here for a page of links to sixty websites by Paddy Gormley.

Click here for Martin Cort's website Click here for Paddy Gormley's Exciting Writing
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