The Mystery of Irma Vep

May - June 2018


The show is set in the English country estate of Lord Edgar Hillcrest. He's a widower, having lost his beloved wife, Irma Vep. He's recently remarried Lady Enid, a stage actress still uneasy with her new position as Lady of the manor. Indeed, her maid, Jane, doesn't think she'll ever measure up to Lady Irma. Meanwhile, Lord Edgar is disturbed by strange happenings out on the heath, including the monthly disappearance of his groundskeeper, Nicodemus. Fearing the estate is haunted, Lord Edgar goes on an expedition to Egypt to discover the secrets of what truly lies behind the mystery of Irma Vep.

The play is a wonderful theatrical smorgasbord, combining Hammer horrors, Shakespeare, Wuthering Heights, and the Victorian Penny Dreadful. With impossibly quick costume changes, it soon soars to dizzying heights of ridiculousness - a hilarious spectacle of ludicrous proportions.


Director Div Collins


Actor Patt Ryan

Actor Jonathan Best

Stage Manager Kristina Doucouliagos

Stage Crew Stuart Anderson, Chris Hunter and Justin Keyt

Set Designer Chris Churchward

Costume Coordinators Deborah Carpenter and Cher de Vries

Lighting Design  Cameron Trijbetz

Sound Design Div Collins

Lighting and Sound Operation Dillon Gellatly

Jonathan Best was awarded Best Lead Actor in a Comedy for the Mystery of Irma Vep at the 2018 Victorian Drama League Awards.

Nominations include: Chris Churchward for Best Set Design, Deb Carpenter for Best Costume Design, Kristina Doucouliagos & Neil Barnett for Best Properties Design, Patty Ryan for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy and Div Collins for Best Director of a Comedy. The Mystery of Irma Vep was also nominated for Best Comedy.