To Hell in a Handbag

To Hell in a Handbag
The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism

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

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private?

This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity… and money. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

"This comic gem… a hoot of an instant classic" - The Observer

"Wickedly, side-splittingly funny, in a sophisticated, witty and elegant way" - Sunday Independent


Written and performed by Helen Norton and Jonathan White
Director: Conor Hanratty
Set Designer: Maree Kearns
Costume Designer: Saileóg O’ Halloran


This production is made possible by the support of Culture Ireland

The TO HELL IN A HANDBAG tour is presented by house. house is a development initiative delivered by Farnham Maltings and supported by Arts Council England to improve the range, quality and scale of theatre presented across the south east of England.