Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest
Burgfestspiele Mayen 2019
In 2018 I was given the amazing opportunity to write the music for a theatre play – something I had wanted to do for a long time. The Berlin-based director Carola Söllner had asked me to join her in her vision for Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Ernst sein ist wichtig).
It was produced for the 2019 edition of the Burgfestspiele Mayen, a yearly open air summer theatre festival. It was a fantastic setting, beautiful stage design and had incredible costumes, the likes I hadn’t seen anywhere before. And Carola ingeniously made the play a production that was modern but without just moving the scenery into today, and a production that had everything a comedy should have: it was hilariously funny and heartwarmingly touching, grotesquely bonkers and utterly beautiful. And on top it was put on stage by a magnificent cast.
It was a pleasure and an honour to work in such a team.
Direction: Carola Söllner (including images of the production)
Costume Design: Gabriele Kortmann
Stage Design: Steven Koop
Music: Hallam London
Premiere: 15 June 2019
Last Show: 20 August 2019