The Importance of Nothing
A comedy about a drama therapy class in an imaginary prison.
Picture an imaginary prison where the drama therapy is twenty fours a day. Drama therapist, Lady Lancing has dedicated her life to conducting anti-homophobic workshops utilizing the life and works of Oscar Wilde.
The prisoner’s patience and imaginations are teased to refashion or to completely overhaul Wilde’s material and the threads that are interwoven through his works and the social conventions of the past century.
“Pain unlike pleasure wears no mask”
Cast: Andrew Bennett, Una McKevitt, Mark O’Halloran and Dylan Tighe
Director: Gavin Quinn
Set Design: Aedín Cosgrove
Lighting Design: Zia Holly
Music: Si Schroeder
Costumes: Catherine Fay
“Adding Wilde to the list of canonical authors that Pan Pan have absorbed and radically repurposed, director Gavin Quinn and the ensemble employ a rigorous and wide-ranging understanding of their subject in order to fracture him in so many disarming ways.
The Irish Times
“There are several brilliant sequences. Mark O’Halloran and Andrew Bennett act out the melodramatic climax of A Woman of No Importance in hilarious style. Passages about growing up gay in Ennis and Limerick, and poetry readings on a bus to Bundoran, are very funny. All the performances are top-notch.”
The Irish Independent
“So brilliant is the humour you could almost miss the subtle yet powerful interrogations taking place. Like Wilde’s work, there are secrets hidden beneath the laughter and a burning intelligence at play.”
The Arts Review
“Pan Pan, who have already radically adapted Shakespeare, Ibsen and Chekhov, admirably offer something new on Wilde’s legacy. This cunning production weaves the writer’s biography and work through a playful conceit: a drama therapy class for prison inmates.”
“It’s an ambitious approach but the play’s real pleasures lie in the specificity of its brilliantly drawn and performed characters and the bawdy hilarity of their interactions.”
No More Workhorse
“It’s hilarious… The performances by the leads are excellent… a wonderful play”