The Importance of Being…Earnest?

Hold on to your handbags and hone your wildean wit, The Importance of Being… Earnest? is a brand new interactive production inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic play.

After the actor playing Ernest fails to arrive on cue, chaos erupts and the theatre company needs YOU to jump in and save the show. This HILARIOUS experience is different every night and will be coming soon to theatres near you!

''Long live this new bonkers form of audience participation.''

- Culture Fly

EXPRESS YOUR INNER PICASSO WITH EASEL PEASEL!

Easel Peasel is an interactive art experience and pop-up exhibition that connects people to their inner artist! Accessible and engaging for all ages and experience, the supportive characters of Easel Peasel will surprise and delight, offering the opportunity for you to create your very own masterpiece.

All artwork created will be entered into the Easel Peasel Exhibition for the chance to win an amazing arts prize supplied by CASS ART (and most importantly, The Peasel’s Choice Award!).

Previous performances have included: Glastonbury Festival, Wilderness, Nozstock Festival and The Big Draw Festival. Easel Peasel is sponsored by leading arts supplier, CASS ART.

If you’d like to book Easel Peasel for your festival or event - please email hello@sayitagainsorry with more details.

ABOUT US

OUR AIM IS TO CONNECT PEOPLE TO THEIR INNER ARTIST.

We encourage and inspire creative expression in everybody. Our work is created through collaboration, openness and as much fun as we can squeeze in! We use participatory and interactive theatre to deliver this aim.

Our theatre-making process is open to everybody. Our rehearsals, meetings and get-ins are free to observe and participate in, so if you want to see how we work and get involved yourself, just shoot us an email and we’ll bring you in!

We love coffee (who doesn’t?). If you’d like to ask us something, get or offer some advice or just hang out, one of our team will happily meet with you for a chat.

COMPANY

*All headshots have been created by our audiences at Nozstock Festival, 2019.

Simon Paris

Company Member

I saw the band, The Amazing Devil’s play at The Bunker Theatre in London. We got chatting after the show and one of the singers recommended I get in touch with Oskar McCarthy, the theatre programmer at Nozstock Festival. After a pint in Vaulty Towers, Waterloo, it was agreed that I would assemble a team and create a new interactive production to perform at Nozstock Festival the very same summer!

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Guido Garcia Lueches

Company Member

I’ve been collaborating with Simon since 2015, when he interviewed me in a pub in Hendon for a production of Scarborough. I then met Rhys while developing a new show; Lottery in 2016 which premiered at The Pleasance Theatre, Islington. Susan and I also collaborated on a Chilean play in 2017.

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Trynity Silk

Company Member

I met Louise when I moved to London, we became housemates (in a BOXING GYM!) where we bonded over our love of small dogs.

I then got involved with The Lab Workshops during the Devising and Comedy sessions where I met the majority of the people involved in the company including, Guido, Susan, Ben, Rhys and Josh. I was invited to be a part of forming Say It Again, Sorry?’s new show in 2018 and here we are!

It's felt like a serendipitous journey, the right minds and personalities have found each other and created a home for our creative spirits.

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Susan Hoffman

Company Member

I met Rhys in 2016 after a show I was in, playing a gravedigger. I met Simon then too and found out he had been referring to me as, ‘The Gravedigger’ since then. Guido was the lighting designer on said show, as yes, he is one very multi-talented human.

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Josh King

Company Member

My first encounter with the group was working Front of House with Rhys. This led to an introduction to The Lab Workshops. After writing some short scenes for them, and meeting Louise, Trynity, Jacinta and Susan along the way, some short plays were put on together, some ideas thrown around, and eventually, I was asked to join Say It Again, Sorry? to work on the script for The Importance of Being... Earnest?

I’m also the understudy for Bracknell, although I have my fingers crossed to never be called upon to take on that role.

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Ben Mann

Company Member

I’ve known Simon for a few years but it wasn’t until The Lab Workshops where we collaborated both as myself and with my film company Mann Bros. Media. Through this initiative I met most of the rest of the fold and was part of the first Easel Peasel festival tour in 2018.

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Rhys Tees

Company Member

My first connection to the team was at a karaoke night in Hendon. Guido, Simon and I then connected through working on Lottery at The Pleasance Theatre in 2016.

During a good year of working/partying with this pair I also met Susan, Ben and Louise all of whom I'd had very good banter with. Next I met Josh whilst working front of house who I then (after I'd read some his awesome work) introduced to The Lab workshops where almost everyone else was including the lovely Trynity who I had also recently met.

Earlier this year I had worked on NewsRevue with both Simon and a fantastically funny human named Tom who shortly also joined SIAS along with Meg, Jack, Bettina and Jacinta, another bunch of super talented humans. Now we are a big old happy lovely family and I've clearly written too much so I'm going to stop gushing now. (BIGLOVE)

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Louise Goodfield

Company Member

I got involved with Say It Again, Sorry? when it was a newborn baby, not yet named.

Simon, Rhys, Guido and I met up over a coffee and came up with our debut festival show - Easel Peasel! Friendship’s blossomed and creative ambitions were shared as a result of The Lab Workshops. I then invited Trynity and a few others to come on board to develop Earnest!

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Tom Cray

Associate Company Member

Following a gruelling five minutes of poor singing and abstract impressions I was cast in NewsRevue, under the beautiful and stoic direction of Simon. Here, I got the pleasure of performing alongside the mega talented Rhys Tees.

At the end, they both told me about this other project they had started and invited me to read in as a character called Simon. I was confused, and a bit concerned, but agreed and since then have been rolling deep with SIAS? crew.

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Jack Lowerson

Associate Company Member

I was working as a photographer at The Design Museum when I met Louise. That same night I’m sat with her and Trynity at the Canal Café Theatre watching Rhys Tees and Tom Cray in a loving embrace dressed as Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. A month later, we are re-acquainted. I observe the tentative beginnings of a new show Simon is directing. It’s called The Importance of Being…Earnest? I think? There are new faces here – a writer busily typing up notes. A filmmaker in a bandana changing his lens. A beaming thespian who greets me confidently. I would soon know them all as fellow company members of Say it Again, Sorry? A dark night in a bar in King’s Cross. Simon, Louise and I having what I would now describe as a working pint. SIMON: We need a designer… so, do you wanna do it?

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Meg Dixon

Associate Company Member

I got involved with Say It Again, Sorry? by the power of social media. I was interested in seeing an open rehearsal of The Importance of Being...Earnest? And got in contact with the team.

I loved the company's style of interactive theatre and how easy and open they were, so I applied to do my placement with the company as part of my course at East 15 (Tom Cray fellow Beast 15er) as a Production Assistant. I had the best time working with the team over the two week intensive rehearsals, I am extremely excited to see what the future holds and happy to be a part of this creative company.

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Alex Phelps

Company Member

My first meeting with the gang was above the brilliant Blighty Cafe in Tottenham at an audition for the role of The Director in The Importance of Being… Earnest? I was greeted by eight smiling faces before we launched into several improvisations and scenarios, all of which are a blur now but the overriding feeling was utter joy. It was so much fun, I'd just met eight of the most playful, silly and generous people and to top it off, I became number nine. *Jumps mid-air and kicks heels* yahoo!

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Josh Foyster

Company Member

I connected with Simon over twitter via OVConnects. As soon as I met the company I knew there was something special about them. I knew at some point I would want to collaborate with them and make something magical happen. I am very honoured that I now have that opportunity.

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HISTORY


Say it Again, Sorry? formed in 2018 because a group of friends who happened to be artists wanted to play at some festivals and explore new work together.

Our debut show Easel Peasel was created by invitation from Nozstock Festival: The Hidden Valley to create something game-based for festival goers. This showed heavily informed our company's aim to connect people to their inner artist. We did not need an excuse to dress up in silly costumes and engage in hilarious banter with people we’d never met - but this brief offered us the chance to develop an immediately engaging interactive experience that would make an impact and in doing so, made us realise the importance of involving audiences as part of the process of creativity and not just the end result. So far, Easel Peasel has curated hundreds of interactive art pop-ups at major festivals around the UK such as Glastonbury Festival, WIlderness, Nozstock Festival and The Big Draw UK. Easel Peasel is supported by CASS ART who provide materials and arts prizes to the lucky winners of the Peasel’s Choice Award.

In 2019, the Nozstock Arts and Culture programmer invited us to create a bigger and more fabulous show for their summer festival 2019. The company spent time developing a new piece of work, immediately raising the stakes with a theatre production that would rely on active engagement from audience members in order for the show to go on, a show that would be different every night, where the entire audience would be cast in the show by the time the final curtain falls.

The Importance of Being... Earnest? has been in development since 2019. We performed a preview of the show at The Pleasance Theatre in July 2019 before heading off to Nozstock. A revised one hour edition of the production premiered at the Omnibus Theatre in London in March 2020 to sell-out runs and glowing reviews.

The nature of this show and our aim to connect people to their inner artist had us seeking out potential audiences and hosting conversations about how they wanted it to look long before we tested the show out in a theatre. We began running open rehearsals so creatives could have access to our process and the workings of a rehearsal room without having to ‘know someone’ or pay a fee. This opened up a completely wonderful way of working. The company uses the Open-Book Theatre Management System coined by Rafe Beckley (who then went on to buy our first unit of investment for the show!)

What is next for Say It Again, Sorry? you say? We are currently preparing for a 2021 tour before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a confirmed months run. Check out our socials for more updates as they come in regarding The Importance of Being… Earnest? at @sayitagainsorry.

*You are probably wondering - why the name, Say It Again, Sorry? That's a weird name! It is by far the hardest company name to say over the phone but in our defence, our audiences chose our company name and we love it! How did this happen? We attended an event called Special Guest where anyone can take centre stage and express themselves creatively in whatever form they wished for exactly one minute. We asked the audience to come up with a name based on our intentions for the company. The winning name chosen by the audience was... SAY IT AGAIN, SORRY? (a close second being ‘The Sorry Theatre Company’ which we are relieved to say, wasn’t as popular!)

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