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Deirdre Monaghan in ‘The Importance of Being Honest’

Monday, 5th – Saturday, 10th October 2015 // 8.15pm
Loose End Studio
€16 & €12 concession.

From the moment I saw you I distrusted you’

In The Importance of Being Honest, Gwendolen and Cecily, Oscar Wilde’s most famous ladies, meet twenty years later and the barbs are still flying! 1913. High summer. An English country garden. Cecily Moncrieff is whiling her life away with rose-pruning and interpretative dance, when her eminently respectable sister-in-law, Gwendolen turns up on a surprise visit. Before long, these two old friends are battling it out, once more, over the tea and cake. This time it’s a struggle for whose is the right way of life, as the women face into a century of change and daunting new fashion trends. It’s a meeting of unexpected revelations with some great one-liners along the way!

A comedy of accusations, insults and worst of all, manners!

Stars Billie Traynor, Deirdre Monaghan and Karl O Neill

Written by Billie Traynor
Directed By Liam Halligan

Fantastic review for The Importance of Being Honest

Check out this glowing review from The Sunday Business Post for The Importance of Being Honest, starting Deirdre Monaghan. The show must end this Saturday 25th!

It’s often tempting to wonder what becomes of characters when a story, novel or play ends. In the Importance of Being Honest, Billie Traynor takes a bold imaginative leap, writing a future for the two female protagonists in Oscar Wilde’s most famous dramatic work.
The Importance of Being Earnest left Gwendolen and Cecily at the point of marriage. Traynor picks them up 20 years later, in 1913. Cecily, ensconced on her country estate, fills her days with interpretive dance, meditation and mantras: “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.”
When Gwendolen arrives unannounced from the city, the women take tea in the garden, engaging in a fraught and often very funny conversation that exposes their fundamental differences.
While Cecily embraces a somewhat rarefied version of modernity and wears informal, free-flowing clothes, Gwendolen believes in good corsetry and laments the trend of men appearing for dinner in “complete undress”, ie, without a bow tie.
Gwendolen (played by Billie Traynor) gets most of the best lines. Gloriously self-deluded and an outrageous snob, she has, as she realises to her horror, turned into her mother, the infamous, indomitable Lady Bracknell.
Traynor includes several references to the original play, and though full of wonderful Wildean aphorisms – “Marriage is a contract between a man and a woman in which neither has a right to happiness” – The Importance of Being Honest is a homage to, rather than an attempted emulation of Wilde.
Unlike her predecessor, Traynor is not determined to avoid an overtly serious message. Women’s suffrage is almost immediately a point of contention between Cecily and Gwendolen, who calls Emmeline Pankhurst a “Bolshevik she-devil”.
For the most part, the issues are character-driven and explored with an admirable lightness of touch. Traynor and Deirdre Monaghan (who plays Cecily) counterbalance each other brilliantly, their instinctive comic timing accentuating the wit of the script.
As they grapple with their own personal conflicts – imperfect marriages, advancing age, increasingly independent children – the women also explore their attitudes towards gender politics and, while it remains faithful to the period in which it is set, the play has plenty of contemporary relevance.

Deirdre Monaghan at Bewleys Café Theatre

Deirdre Monaghan is currently appearing in “The Importance of Being Honest”- Billie Traynor’s irreverent “what if” play about two of Oscar Wilde’s most loved characters, Cecily and Gwendolyn.
Why not visit Bewleys Café Theatre in their temporary home on the top floor of the Powerscourt centre and check out this charming lunchtime fare, directed by Liam Halligan. Runs until July 25th.
Bookings here

Deirdre Monaghan cast in Sacrifice

We are delighted to announce that Deirdre Monaghan will be joining the cast of Sacrifice in the role of Elspeth Guthrie. The film also stars Rupert Graves, Ian McElhinney and David Robb.

Deirdre Monaghan in Deeds of Deceit at Dublin Castle

Deeds of Deceit is a new play, commissioned by Dublin Castle and OPW. It is written by Matthew Ralli and will be staged in Chapel Royal of Dublin Castle, 3rd-6th July at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked here

The Bachelor of Kilkish

Following a hugely succesful run at The Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, The Bachelor of Kilkish featuring Deirdre Monaghan heads on tour to the seaside town of Kilkee this Thursday and Friday (June 19-20) at Cultúrlann Sweeney in the heart of the town. Booking can be made in advance by calling their box office at 065 906 0769.
The show then returns to county Limerick for the last stop of their brief ‘Limerick City of Culture on tour’ with two nights at Friars’ Gate Theatre in Kilmallock. Tickets can be reserved by calling the theatre on 063 98727.

The Food Guide to Love at JDIFF

Don’t miss The Food Guide to Love featuring Deirdre Monaghan and Donncha O’Dea, premiering at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on Monday 17th February. Watch the trailer

Deirdre Monaghan in The Art Of Wedlock at Chancery Lane

Deirdre is appearing in The Art of Wedlock, five one act plays directed by Matthew Ralli at Chancery Lane from 11th-22nd February. 6.30pm. Tickets €10/12

Deirdre Monaghan cast in Game of Thrones

Congratulations to Deirdre who has been cast in Game of Thrones season 4.
Deirdre will begin filming shortly in Belfast.

Danny Kehoe cast in Wild

We are delighted to announce that Danny Kehoe has been cast in the role of Will in exciting new feature Wild.
The film also features Shameless star Emma Greenwell. For more production info click here
Deirdre Monaghan and Liam Burke have also joined the cast in minor roles. The film written by Vivienne DeCourcy is currently shooting in Dublin.