The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
DOT Productions are back and proud to present one of the funniest plays in the English language – ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and we could all do with a little socially distanced light relief!
Oscar Wilde billed his play as ‘a trivial comedy for serious people’, and its witty dialogue and fabulous characters are sure to delight both serious and flippant audiences alike.
‘In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.’ Gwendolyn, Act III
Six versatile actors and DOT Productions’ renowned style bring this much loved masterpiece to you in all its satirical glory.
Two bachelors; the seemingly responsible John Worthing J.P, and the charming and frivolous Algernon Moncrieff; both lead double lives in order to court Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. This leads to a riotous comedy of mistaken identities, and encounters with the formidable Lady Bracknell.
Approx 2hrs incl interval. The all-weather marquee will be used in inclement weather.
This is an outdoor production so please bring your own chairs or floor cushions. We will be seating you in social bubbles/households as per government guidelines so please take this into consideration when booking your tickets.
If you need to book for more than one bubble please make these as separate bookings so that we can plan socially distanced seating accordingly.
The production runs at approximately 2hrs including an interval but to avoid congestion during the interval we encourage the use of the toilets at any time during the performance.
Please Note: tickets will not be available for purchase on the day.
Ticket plus Oaksmere picnic option @ £32 (£12 + £20)
A selection of sandwiches
Salted cucumber, chive cream cheese
Adnams Copperhouse gin cured salmon, dill
Roast topside of beef, horseradish
Walshingham cheese with tomato chutney
Chef’s selection of cake and mini desserts
Seasonal fruit tartlet
Raspberry and white chocolate eclairs
Viennese whirls filled with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream
Coffee sponge cake
Homemade sausage rolls
Homemade scotch eggs
Bottled water and Cawston Press Fruit Juice
If you have access issues please contact the Box Office on 01379 652241 to complete your booking so we can ensure that your visit is as comfortable and safe as possible. Due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements we have a limit on how many wheelchair spaces we can accommodate so these need to be reserved in advance.
COVID-19 SAFETY POLICY
In conversation with local authorities and venues, and in line with current government guidance, we have implemented a range of measures to ensure the health and safety of our audiences and staff at all times. These measures are under constant review, and apply across all of our performances at all venues.
Arriving at the venue
We will be opening the gates for each performance at least one hour before the show start time, to allow everybody to arrive at their leisure and avoid large queues outside the venue. All tickets will be digital, and checked without contact at a social distance at the gate.
Hand sanitiser will be available and all audience members will be asked to sanitise their hands at the entrance to the performance area.
There will be an interval approx an hour into the performance but to avoid congestion at the toilets you are welcome to use the loo at any time during the performance.
Social distancing at the performance
Each household or social bubble will be seated at a safe distance from other households or social bubbles, in line with government guidance at the time of the performance.
There will be square mats laid out in the auditorium 3metres apart from each other. One mat indicates where groups of two people may be seated. If in a bubble of up to six people you will be asked to use 2 mats and the two extra people can be placed in the area between the mats making a total of six.
The performance will only take place if all cast members are COVID 19 free and not showing any signs of symptoms. For the safety of the audience and performers the actors will observe social distancing with audience and venue staff at all times. Use of face coverings will be in place where a 2 metre distance is not possible.
Whilst every effort will be made to socially distance the actors on stage there maybe times during the performance when actors do become closer. When this is the case we will take into account government guidelines for performance accordingly.
We’ll be managing the departure from the performance area so to avoid people crowding together same time.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with the virus or have been in direct contact with a diagnosed individual in the past 14 days, you must not attend the event. If you are unable to attend due to illness, fear not, you can transfer your ticket to another Corn Hall event free of charge, pending ticket availability. If we can’t accommodate your request because of venue capacity, we’ll provide you with a ticket voucher at the full face value of your ticket, to be redeemed at any event in our 2021 season. In order to request a ticket transfer, please email [email protected]
Please note that this transfer policy only applies to tickets purchased from www.thecornhall.co.uk
NHS Track and Trace
The government has asked venues and events to collect and maintain records of customers and share them, where requested, with NHS Test and Trace. This is so that NHS Test and Trace can identify and inform those who may have been exposed to COVID-19, having been in close contact with somebody who has tested positive for the virus.
Upon arrival you will provided with an NHS Test and Trace form (either digital or physical). The form will ask for a name, contact phone number and date of visit.
Children under 16 will not be asked to provide their details, since they can visit only when accompanied by an adult parent/carer, who can complete the form as ‘lead member’.
While it is neither a legal requirement for you to provide this information NHS Test and Trace is an important tool for the NHS in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 – and we encourage all audience members to complete a form.