A Play by Neil Titley Starring Will Gowan as Oscar
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1898. It is a year since Oscar Wilde’s release from prison in the UK,
where, at the height of his fame, he served two years hard labour for “gross
indecency with men”.
and in failing health, Wilde stays alone at a dingy hotel in
Saint-Germain-des-Prés and spends what little money he has on alcohol. “This
poverty really breaks one’s heart,” he wrote to his publisher, “it is so
filthy, so utterly depressing, so hopeless, pray do what you can.” He was to
die two years later, at the age of 46, in exile from his family and his home.
2017, Wilde was among an estimated 50,000 men who were pardoned in the UK for
homosexual acts that were no longer considered offences under the Policing and
Crime Act (homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967, and
in Ireland in 1993).
‘Titley balances Wilde’s almost
dutiful humour with an unsentimental portrayal of his suffering in Reading
Gaol, his bitter perception of man’s inhumanity to man. He also captures his
character’s dignity in despair and the comedy makes the heartbreak of Wilde’s
life even more poignant. It is a most moving effect.’ Evening Standard
‘Funny and melancholic’ The Times
‘Charming and Witty’The Irish Times