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Wilde Without The Boy & The Ballad of Reading Gaol Double Bill

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Parr Library.

Fleet Lane

St Helens

Merseyside

WA9 1SY

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Wilde Without The Boy is a dramatisation of “De Profundis”, the letter Oscar Wilde wrote in 1897 to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, from his cell in Reading gaol. Two years previously, Wilde had been imprisoned for acts of gross indecency with other males. Painfully brilliant and passionate, “Wilde Without the Boy” is a glimpse into the bruised, loving soul of one of the greatest geniuses ever to have lived.

The Ballad Of Reading Gaol is Oscar Wilde’s heart-rending poem reflecting on his two years’ hard labour, and a fellow inmate’s hanging, is an unflinching indictment of the Victorian penal system, particularly the death penalty. Its regular rhythms also recall the repetitive harshness of prison life as experienced by Wilde and all other inmates.

“...The gods had given me almost everything....genius....high social position....brilliancy, intellectual daring. Whatever I touched I made beautiful.....I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram...”. Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

Directed and dramatized by Gareth Armstrong, Music by Simon Slater.

“Logan is astounding. It's a given that anybody who is playing an historical character in a one-man show should embody the subject for there to be any degree of success, but in this, Logan simply is Wilde. He possesses his spirit, every plea and woe etched on his face...He takes an already strong script and flies it to the stars. 5 Stars” Edinburgh Festival 2016

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