by Robin Johnson
★★★★★ "An explosion of verbal fireworks" - Broadway Baby
★★★★ "All very silly ... cleverly and amusingly so" - Scotsman
★★★★ "The best of Johnson's epithets can hold their own against Wilde's" - FringeGuru
★★★★ "Hilarious and surreal ... cheerfully mad" - ScotsGay
★★★★ "The echoes and parodies of WIlde are spot on" - TheatreguideLondon
The curtain has fallen. Jack, or Ernest or whatever his name is, has the girl, the fortune, and the blessing of his Aunt Augusta. But it's not over.
Deep in Victoria Station, forgotten for decades, lurks another handbag - and a terrible and ridiculous secret.
A surreal sequel to Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, which deconstructs the tropes of the drawing-room farce genre that Wilde inspired.
LENGTH: 45 minutes
CAST: 5 male + 4 female + 1 puppeteer
(Cast numbers are somewhat malleable; the original cast doubled Merriman and Lane - despite them being on stage together for much of the proceedings - and included a male Lady Bracknell.)
In a Handbag, Darkly ran on the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 for two weeks at theSpace on North Bridge, selling out on almost every night of its run. It received four- and five-star reviews across the board, and future performances are now being considered.