Lady Windermere's Fan

 

Play 3, 2011

Lady Windermere's Fan

by Oscar Wilde

directed by Jill Cross

 


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"We are all in the gutter,
but some of us are looking at the stars!
"

The Play

This is the first play from the pen of one of the English language's most enduring playwrights. A biting satire on the hypocrisy of Victorian society's attitudes, particularly towards marriage, it has a subtitle, A Play About a Good Woman.

Preparations are underway for Lady Windermere's Birthday Ball, But she suspects that her husband is having an affair. When she confronts him, he retaliates by inviting the other woman to the Ball. Fireworks ensue!

The PlaywrightPhotograph of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death.

 

 
Photgraph of Jill Cross

The Director

 Jill Cross
  has well and truly caught the ‘Theatre Bug.’ As a student, she joined the University of Queensland Drama Society and played Joy in a John Ireland play.
Jill also directed a number of one-act plays during this time and also played alongside Michael Caton. Once graduated, she moved to Rockhampton where she acted and directed in such plays as Duet for Two Hands alongside Michael Byrnes and Peter Pan playing Peter.

Jill then moved to Canada and once again was in great demand, because she could put on an English accent. Jill returned to Adelaide, where she was active in theatre in that city before moving to Brisbane and VPs, where she has acted in and directed many productions. She played Ruth in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and played Queen Eleanor in The Lion in Winter.

Recently she has played the mysterious (and I shall say this only once) Michelle in 'Allo 'Allo (2002) and the cleaning-obsessed, bossy boots Vera in Stepping Out (2006) and admits to being an ‘inexperienced tap dancer'. Her most recent role was as the haughty Sybil Birling in An Inspector Calls (2010).

Jill has also directed To Kill a Mockingbird and The Matchmaker.  She also directed Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and fondly remembers her ‘funky fairies.’ Recently Jill has directed Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet and generally loves directing costume plays with big casts - older, well written plays from the pens of such playwrights as Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.

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