THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Talk on the Steps by Jessica Burchett and Sophia Diaz

Student dramaturgs Jessica Burchett and Sophia Diaz teach audiences how to properly take tea like a Victorian lady in their Talk on the Steps for The Importance of Being Earnest, 7 April 2017, at the McCrary Theatre. They described the etiquette of Victorian tea parties and walked the audience through the correct ways to place a napkin, hold a saucer, and stir tea. In late Victorian England, taking tea strengthened social bonds and offered opportunities to meet potential suitors. We see Gwendolen Fairfax, Lady Bracknell, and Jack Worthing take tea at Algernon Moncrieff’s home in Act One of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Student dramaturg Jessica Burchett describes the importance of taking tea for strengthening social bonds in her Talk on the Steps for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Photo by Devin Kiernan.
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Student dramaturg Sophia Diaz demonstrates how to hold a saucer with her non-dominant hand slightly above her knees like a proper Victorian lady. Photo by Devin Kiernan.

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