Monday 20th April 2015 7.30pm £10 (£9)
Spend an hour with a chastened – but still hilarious – Oscar Wilde in his prison cell. See into his astonishingly brilliant mind and beautiful, bruised soul.
“Wilde Without the Boy” is solo theatrical presentation of, “De Profundis”, Oscar Wilde’s bitterly reproachful and, at times, exquisitely-beautiful letter written from his prison cell in Reading gaol to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, after Wilde had been imprisoned for acts of gross indecency with other males.
“I was a man who stood in symbolic relations to the art and culture of my age…The gods had given me almost everything. I had genius, a distinguished name, high social position, brilliancy, intellectual daring…there was nothing I said or did that did not make people wonder…I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram.” – From “De Profundis” by Oscar Wilde.
1h (no interval)
An adaptation of “De Profundis” by Oscar Wilde
Directed and co-adapted by the award-winning Gareth Armstrong
Co-adapted and performed by multi award-winner Gerard Logan
Gareth Armstrong has developed and directed many hugely successful solo shows, including his own award-winning Shylock – achieving near-legendary status in Edinburgh Festival history.
Gerard Logan has played leading classical and contemporary roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company (where he received an Olivier Award nomination) and the National Theatre. He won The Stage Newspaper’s “Best Solo Performer” Award at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival for his performance in Shakespeare’s great narrative poem, “The Rape of Lucrece” (also directed by Gareth Armstrong), which he is currently touring internationally.