Tiger Dublin Fringe

The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism

Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt
12- 24 September

Written & Performed by
Helen Norton & Jonathan White

The 2016 Tiger Dublin Fringe will see the world premiere of To Hell in a Handbag, written and performed by Helen Norton and Jonathan White as part of this year’s Show in a Bag programme. The show will be performed in Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt from 14 – 24 September with preview 12 September. Tickets priced €13 (€10 preview) are available now from http://fringefest.com/

The play is set during and around the action of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and focuses on two of that play’s minor characters, Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble. A governess and a country rector, models of Victorian propriety in public … but in private? A tale of blackmail, false identity… and money, it will be a subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

Helen Norton and Jonathan White are Dublin-based stage and screen actors with over 60 years professional experience between them. Responsible for increasing the age demographic of Fringe participants by about 150%, they have come together to write their first play, thanks to Show in a Bag, an artist development initiative of Tiger Dublin Fringe, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination” – Oscar Wilde


Venue: Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt

Date: September 12, 13:00 (Preview); September 14, 13:00; September 15, 18:00; September 16, 20:00; September 18, 20:00; September 19, 18:00; September 22, 13:00; September 24, 18:00

Tickets: €13 (€10 preview) available from http://fringefest.com/festival/whats-on/buy/to-hell-in-a-handbag#buy

For more information:

Mission PR & Communications
sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie | lorraine@missionpr.ie
01 675 0695 | 086 250 3751 | 087 902 0859

Notes for Editors


Helen Norton

Helen has just finished playing Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe. Other theatre includes Oedipus, Comedy of Errors, Men to the Right, Women to the Left and Tarry Flynn (Abbey) As You Like It (Gate and Druid) Wallflowering (Tall Tales) Misery and The Sunshine Boys (Civic Theatre) Slattery’s Sago Saga (Performance Corporation) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Corn Exchange) A Midsummer Nights Dream (Barabbas) Talking to Terrorists (Calypso) The Flamboyant Bird (Fringe Festival) Dancing at Lughnasa (Northcott Theatre, Exeter) Roman Fever and Ruby Tuesday (Bewley’s Cafe Theatre) Wired to the Moon (Fishamble) and Red Noses, Fen, Don Juan and West (Pigsback).

TV and Film includes Penny Dreadful, The Borgias, Roy, Cracks, Dorothy, Paths to Freedom, Custer’s Last Stand Up, Durango, A Love Divided, Angela’s Ashes, Maigret, The Old Curiosity Shop, Dillusc, Crisis Eile and Fair City.

Helen has worked extensively on radio and has written and directed three short plays for children based on paintings in The National Gallery of Ireland.

Jonathan White

Jonathan was born in Dublin, grew up in New York and began his acting career while still a student at Trinity College, Dublin. His theatre work includes No Escape, The Comedy of Errors, Ladybag, Calvary, The Resurrection, The Quare Fellow and Imeachtaí na Saoirse (Abbey) The Life of Galileo, I Can’t Get Started, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Our Country’s Good, Serious Money, No End of Blame and Victory (Rough Magic) Richard II, Amadeus and Mutabilitie (Ouroboros/Theatreworks) Are You There, Garth? It’s Me, Margaret (Gaiety) Anglo: The Musical (BGET & Olympia) Comedians (Bickerstaffe) Massive Damages (Passion Machine) and The Merchant of Venice, Othello, King Lear, Hamlet and As You Like It (Second Age). Films include Love Rosie, Noble, Happy Ever Afters, Cracks, Veronica Guerin and When Brendan Met Trudy. Television credits include Ripper Street, Titanic: Blood & Steel, Betrayal of Trust, Honeymoon for One, The Santa Incident, Wild Decembers, Whistleblower, The Tudors, On Home Ground, The Ambassador, Nighthawks, A Song For Europe and Father Ted. Radio includes Scrap Saturday and The Monica Moody Show as well as over 100 plays and series.

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