WIRRAL Community Theatre stages its production of Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance this week.

The play - at Westbourne Hall in West Kirby from Wednesday until Saturday - fuses comedy of manners with high melodrama and is, according to the show's prodcuer 'a serious protest against Victorian gender inequality ornately framed with perfect witticisms'.

It is set in Lady Hunstanton’s country house party, where the quips are dazzling and company impeccably sophisticated – but beneath the laconic wit of society's elite is brewing a turbulent drama of social double standards and sexual hypocrisy.

Performances start 7.30pm. Tickets, £7, from wirralcommunitytheatre.com/tickets/ or 07906265317