Maskers Theatre Company 
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16 to 26 July 2014 ...Hamptworth Lodge

We are returning to Hamptworth Lodge, Landford for an OPEN AIR production of...

The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People(!) is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.

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Southern Daily Echo Review

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Later this year!...
9 to 13 September 2014 ...Maskers' Studio Theatre

Tautly written throughout, the play features Pinter’s economical dialogue, hidden emotions, one-upmanship and deceptions. It is set in reverse chronology between 1977 and 1968, and was inspired by Pinter’s affair with TV presenter Joan Bakewell.
We witness the seemingly endless permutations of betrayal in the seven-year affair involving a married couple, Emma and Robert, and Robert's "close friend" Jerry, (who is married to Judith).   For five years Jerry and Emma carry on their affair, betraying both Robert and Judith, until Emma admits her infidelity to Robert. But she continues the affair.
As one critic wrote, "It shows, heartlessly, that the very capacity for love itself is sometimes based on betraying not only other loved ones, but even ourselves."

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"Intense performances, especially Heffer and Gwynne's, are well presented by HARRY TUFFILL'S direction, PETER LIDDIARD'S set and MIKE MATTHIAS' lighting design." - Southern Daily Echo

Future Shows....
October 2014 - Our Town - Maskers' Studio
December 2014 - Christmas Show - Maskers' Studio