Is that a handbag that I see before me?

WHEN you have next to nothing to live on in a world of wealthy heiresses, lavish country estates and big hats, how do you get along? Discover the real lives of two minor characters from a classic of the English stage in To Hell In A Handbag, coming to Dorchester Corn Exchange on Friday 23rd November.

Oscar Wilde, the dazzlingly witty author of The Importance of Being Earnest, famously said: “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination,” but what was the reality behind the genteel exterior of an elderly cleric and a spinster governess?

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private?

To Hell In A Handbag is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity … and money. Writer-performers Helen Norton and Jonathan White have created an original and subversively hilarious take on one of the classics of the British stage.