Wilde Without the Boy
Performed by Gerard Logan (“Olivier Nominee” - RSC, Winner of The Stage Newspaper’s “Best Solo Performer” award at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival for his performance in the acclaimed “The Rape of Lucrece”, also directed by Gareth Armstrong), “Wilde Without the Boy” is a dramatic interpretation of “De Profundis”, the letter Oscar Wilde wrote to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, from his cell in Reading gaol.
...The gods had given me almost everything....genius....brilliancy, intellectual daring. Whatever I touched I made beautiful.....I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram......Along with these things I had things that were different. I let myself be lured in to long spells of senseless and sensual ease......The danger was half the excitement....They were to me the brightest of gilded snakes! Oscar Wilde, De Profundis
This performance also includes The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Written by Oscar Wilde after his release from Reading Gaol (Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading having been convicted of homosexual offences in 1895, and sentenced to two years' hard labour), The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem which narrates the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge, who was convicted of murdering his wife.