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Wilde Without The Boy/The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde Without The BoyThe Ballad of Reading Gaol

A dramatisation of De Profundis
by Oscar Wilde

Directed and dramatised by Gareth Armstrong.

Performed by Gerard Logan (Olivier Nominee & winner of The Stage’s “Best Actor” at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival).

Music by Simon Slater.
Lighting by Maximilian Spielbichler

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 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

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