Importance of Being Frank is Paddy
Gormley's adaptation, in rhyming verse, of Oscar
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.
Links to cast members' personal pages and other related
websites my be found towards the bottom of this page.
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
The audio excerpts below are taken
from the rehearsed reading by Actors & Writers
June 2009, directed by Martin Cort. Copies
of the full recording are available to would-be producers of the