The Importance of Being Earnest

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The Senior School put on a brilliant adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic satire of young love, double lives and superficial impressions at the Punchi Theatre in February. It is not an easy play for such a young cast to perform, with its adult themes and challenging script, but every member of the cast worked extremely hard in rehearsals to master the tricky dialogue and performed superbly. Rachel Hayward and Shakuntala Fernandopulle shone as Gwendolen and Cecily, whose love for their fiancés emerges to be based only on them being called Ernest and evaporates immediately when they discover that neither is. The senior member of the cast, Senal Wijetunge, injected energy into every scene he was in, giving confidence to the younger cast members. He captivated the audience whenever he was on stage with his natural comic talent and a face that he seemed to be able to manipulate into a million different expressions.

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