Ernest;…Or Much Ado About Muffins by Phil Jacobs

Ernest;…Or Much Ado About Muffins by Phil Jacobs

We are thrilled to announce Tales Retold and All In One Theatre are taking Ernest;… Or Much Ado About Muffins (Based on The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde) to Edinburgh 2014, after its successful run at the Etcetera Theatre Camden in November 2013.

It’s Wilde but not as we know it!

Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest gets a musical twist in this new version by Phil Jacobs. Set in contemporary London, the protagonist Jack embarks on a journey through Wilde’s time, a world where people adopt different identities, are perceived by others as they would wish to be perceived and create their own worlds and realities. The production draws parallels with online games such as “Second Life”, where players are able to appear online in “idealised” versions of themselves.

Like in Oscar Wilde’s original play, the characters in Ernest;…Or Much Ado About Muffins are caught in a self created ‘fictionary’ world and as the play proceeds, the line between reality and fiction gets blurred. Characters soon have to face real life. Will true love still prevail?

 

REVIEWS FROM EDINBURGH 2014 

 

★★★★ Remote Goat: ‘A polished jewel of a musical’.

★★★★ Edinburgh Fringe Review: ‘Charming, clever and very funny’.

★★★★ MusicalTalk: ‘Bright, breezy and charming’.

★★★★ ScotsGay: ‘A fresh take on a classic’.

Laura Dodge, Dance Musings: ‘…possibly even more humorous than the original’.

 

Some quotes from our lovely audiences in Edinburgh…
‘Great show, good fun and catchy songs. Well performed and well worth seeing.’

‘Superb! I was a bit apprehensive about this one but I needn’t have been – it was charming, funny and thoroughly enjoyable. The songs – which as far as I could tell were all originals – we’re surprisingly catchy which I find really important in a musical. A great way to start the morning’s festivities!’

‘Delightful!’

‘Great stuff, my favourite of the fringe so far. Oscar WIlde’s story classic play adapted as a musical. Sounds risky but works superbly well.’

 

Reviews from our London run:

“a hugely enjoyable show…..you’ll laugh out loud” (The Good Review)

“…an undoubtedly chirpy and charming take on the story…..a line about cufflinks is surely one of the funniest of the year” (The Public Reviews)

“……memorable tunes with great lyrics…” (Bargain Theatre)

“One hell of a slick hour” (Pheatreland)

” If you’re a fan of the musical fringe, don’t miss it” (Musical Theatre Review).

“….delicious rhyming lyrics…. Charming, clever and good fun” (Entertainment Focus)

 

Check out our show website for more info at:

www.ernesttheshow.com

 

Production team:

 

Pamela Schermann: Director

Pamela is a director of International repute who is well experienced in the work of Oscar Wilde. “Elegant, classy, emotive and emotional” is what Fringe Review on her 2010 interpretation of Salome.

“A thrilling and visually stunning piece of theatre” David Thacker on her adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Pamela received critical acclaim and 5 Star Reviews for her adaptation of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at the Rose Theatre, Bankside. Pamela will direct and produce The Last Days of Mankind. This project invites emerging British and international writers to write a response to Karl Kraus’s play The Last Days of Mankind. This project is generously supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London. More information at www.timezonetheatre.com
Recent credits include: A new physical theatre adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, directed and adapted by Pamela, which will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August – 30th July – 25th August 2014, C Nova, Orpheus and Eurydice and  The Eve of St Agnes (Rose Playhouse: Bankside):

“carefully combined music, setting, and costume to great effect, artfully doubling the foreground readers who shared the audience’s space with dancers whose movements gave vivid life to their words” – Remotegoat, 4 Stars.

 

Matt Abrams: Musical Director

Matt trained at Royal Holloway University in Music. Matt is from Southport, Liverpool, and was talent-spotted while assisting on an earlier production of The Pirates of Penzance in his second year he landed a job as Musical Director of the Riverside Studios production, I Do I Do!. This was written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt – the team behind The Fantasticks – the show marks history as the first two-person musical to have been performed on Broadway. Its London outing featured ITV star Tim Prottey-Jones and was directed by Matthew Gould. Other credits include: Mack and Mabel, Aladdin, Macbeth, Cabaret, Illegally Blonde – The Wicked Barber of Oz at Royal Holloway University, Singers Soiree (Battersea Barge: Shooting Star Charity), Legally Blonde (Arts Ed), Geek A Musical  (Workshop: Tristan Bates Theatre, De Mooi Entertainment). Matt teaches singing privately and at Stagecoach. He has also played Trumpet for Sweeney Todd (NYMT: Rose Theatre Kingston) and Les Miserables (Southport Little Theatre).

 

Phil Jacobs: Writer/ Co Producer

Phil started off in the business as a writer, writing comedy for BBC1, Radio2, Radio 4 and SkyTV. He also wrote the book Rock’n’Roll Heaven (Quarto). In theatre, he wrote a number of short works before embarking on a production career. He started off at the Lost Theatre with Oh Karen ! moved onto the Hen & Chickens with An Evening of Neo-Absurdism, then Ernest at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden. So successful was Ernest that he teamed up with Cas Hodges of Tales Retold to take the show to Edinburgh.

Cas Hodges: Co Producer

Cas read English and Drama at Sussex University where she produced Measure for MeasureOthelloWhat The Butler Saw (Hello Id: Brighton Festival) and The Hypochondriac (SUDS: Edinburgh Festival). London shows include: Soliman and PersedaMore Light (Tales Retold: Rose Theatre, Bankside), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare on Tap: Rose and Crown Theatre) Safer (Tales Retold: Tristan Bates Theatre), A Scent of Flowers (Brockley Jack Theatre: DogOrange). She produced Twelfth Night for summer company Permanently Bard in 2013 (Rose and Crown and Rose Bankside). She is currently producing The Cherry Orchard (DogOrange: Brockley Jack Theatre) and Leaper: A Fish Tale with Tucked In Productions which was awarded an Arts Council Grant. She has also worked for Ambassador Theatre Group as a marketing assistant and currently works as a PA for International film producer Norma Heyman at NFH Films.

 

Gillian Steventon: Costume Designer

Before training as an actor Gillian worked for many years in Art and Design. She graduated from Central St Martins in 1983. Her film roles include: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy starring alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and John Hurt, roles in Midsomer Murders, Sherlock and Holby City. On stage she has written and starred in Leave Me in the Garden (Lost Theatre) and Me & Mary Poppins (The Space). Other theatre roles include Polina in The Seagull at The Lord Stanley and Margot in Female of the Species (The Criterion). As well as being an actress, Gillian has also written and produced and she designed the costumes for Ernest;…or Much Ado About Muffins. www.spotlight.com/6213-5648-3809

Cast

 

Amanda Bailey as Lady Bracknell

Amanda Bailey: Lady Bracknell

Amanda is a graduate of The Bridge Theatre Training Company. Recent theatre credits include Veronica in Happy and Gay (St James Studio), Lady Bracknell in Ernest (Etcetera Theatre), Mistress in The Cagebirds (The Lord Stanley), Mrs Pugh in Under Milk Wood (Ovalhouse), and Angelo in Measure for Measure (The Cockpit). Screen credits include Policewoman in Project: Library and an Invisible in The Vanishing Woman. Amanda is also a teacher and director, with an MA in Theatre & Contemporary Practice (University of Hull), BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts & English (University of Exeter), and PGCE in English with Drama (University of Sussex). Amongst her directorial credits are Little Shop of Horrors, The Rivals, and Macbeth. www.spotlight.com/0270-1205-0546

 

Brian Eastty as Dr ChausibleBrian Eastty: Dr Chasuble

Brian trained in 2006 with the Actors Company at the London Centre for Theatre Studies after a lengthy career in teaching. His work has tended to embrace his twin loves of comedy (Tangerines at Battersea Arts Centre, Oh Vienna at the Hen and Chickens) and Shakespeare (Poins in Henry IV parts 1 and 2 at the Scoop, Abhorson in Measure For Measure at the Union, Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Abney Park) but he also appeared memorably in the two hander thriller The Trembling Game at the Hen and Chickens. On film, Brian has played the title role Bill in A Tramp’s Days Are Numbered and Spink in Soul Survivor. He has performed at the Brighton Fringe with the improv troupe Instant Theatre, with whom he has also appeared at the Kings Head. www.spotlight.com/9175-6727-0650

 

Cassandra Foster as GwendolenCassandra Foster: Gwendolen

Cassandra read English and Drama at Sussex University then studied Acting at Drama Studio London. Since graduating, roles include: Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility and Helena, Snout and Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chapterhouse Theatre Company, International tour), Chorus in Yeoman of The Guard (Carl Rosa Opera Company, Tower of London); Izzy in That Face (Mustardseed Theatre Company:Tara Arts), Queen Elizabeth 1 in More Light (Tales Retold: Rose Bankside) and recently in Bite-Size Lunchtime Fourplay (White Room Theatre : St James Studio). She has appeared on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour as Mariana in Shakespeare’s Supporting Women and filmed The Bletchley Circle for ITV and most recently London Road directed by Rufus Norris (Cuba Pictures). She is delighted to be appearing in Edinburgh again with Ernest;…Or Much Ado About Muffins. www.spotlight.com/6214-6755-0502

 

Catherine Hayworth as CecilyCatherine Hayworth: Cecily

Catherine is originally from East Sussex, and began performing at a young age. At 18, she went to train at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating with first class honours in Musical Theatre. Her recent credits include Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, (GSA) Mae Jones in Street Scene (GSA), Ensemble in Guys and Dolls (Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford), Liz in Billy (Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford), Edith in The Pirates of Penzance (Electric Theatre, Guildford) and Ensemble/Understudy Ulla in The Producers (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford), Cinderella in Cinderella (Central Theatre, Chatham), Holly in Our Girl (BBC One) and Cinderella in Cinderella (The Hawth Theatre, Crawley). Ernest;… or Much Ado About Muffins marks Catherine’s first venture to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. www.spotlight.com/2011-6755-2465

 

Gillian Steventon as Miss PrismGillian Steventon: Miss Prism

Before training as an actor Gillian worked for many years in Art and Design. She graduated from Central St Martins in 1983. Her film roles include: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy starring alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and John Hurt, roles in Midsomer Murders, Sherlock and Holby City. On stage she has written and starred in Leave Me in the Garden (Lost Theatre) and Me & Mary Poppins (The Space). Other theatre roles include Polina in The Seagull at The Lord Stanley and Margot in Female of the Species (The Criterion). As well as being an actress, Gillian has also written and produced and she designed the costumes for Ernest;…or Much Ado About Muffins. www.spotlight.com/6213-5648-3809

 

Simon Kingsley as AlgernonSimon Kingsley: Algernon

Simon is incredibly pleased to be a part of this wonderful production. This is his tenth year in the business and is very happy to be working with such a professional company. Having trained at the Birmingham School of Acting, Simon has worked in all genres of this business, starting as a ghost at Warwick Castle and recently performing with Bernie Clifton in Snow White at the Newark Palace Theatre. He has toured with the UK No 1 tour Joseph and travelled as far as Singapore to be in Cirque. He wants to thank all his supportive Friends and Family and hopes that you enjoy the show. www.spotlight.com/6299-0164-9688

 

 

Thomas DawkinsThomas Dawkins: Jack

Tom studied English Literature and Drama at the University of Bristol. His acting life began early in life when he understudied Jeremy & Ensemble in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium (directed by Adrian Noble,2003-2004). Other theatre credits include The Happy Prince in The Happy Prince with English Cabaret at C Venues in 2012 and Will Bullman in State of the Union with University of Bristol TV in 2014. Tom was also Musical Director of Parade with Music Theatre Bristol in 2014.

 

Come and see us in Edinburgh!

We will be performing at Riddles Court, C Venues daily at 11.45am from 31st July to 25th August (Except 12th August) more details at: Book Ernest

 

We are kindly supported by:

Two Shades of Blue

 

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If you want to help us, you can sponsor us with a muffin, a cucumber sandwich or a handbag, see how at Zequs Campaign

Fundraiser Cabaret

We are also holding a fundraiser at The Phoenix Artists Club on 13th July at 8.30pm which includes live Cabaret and songs from the show. Tickets are £10/ £8 concession (Equity/ students) and can be reserved by emailing Amanda Bailey at amandatalesretold@gmail.com