Oscar Wilde's De Profundis
"...one of the most moving theatrical experiences I have ever had" - The Courier MailPresented by Gasworks Arts Park & produced by Metro Arts for David Fenton & Brian Lucas
Tue – Sat 7.30pm
Duration: 75 mins
Oscar Wilde's infamous letter, written in 1897 from Reading Gaol to his lover and betrayer, is a complex and contradictory meditation on the nature of suffering and forgiveness.
De Profundis is an intimate investigation of a world class dramatist and shamed celebrity, concerning the injustice of political imprisonment and trial by the media. Wilde's letter holds a tabloid fascination, exploring the shift in society's perceptions concerning the hero and anti-hero, sexuality, the notion of celebrity, censorship and the role of the artist, just as it did in Wilde's day. De Profundis represents a man before his time.
This brutal and touching work investigates human rights, their quashing, emergence and acceptance – it charts the shift and suffering of discrimination for LGBTQI communities, drawing together the threads of current debates about inequality under the law and reflecting ongoing concerns through the mirror of time; the right to love, who you love, no matter their gender or sex.
De Profundis is a contemporary performance adaptation of a classic literary work never before seen on stage.
Note: there is a strict lock out and latecomers will not be admitted. If you exit the theatre once the performance has started, you will not be able to return to the theatre.
Seating has been changed to general admission. For ideal sightlines, seating in the centre and right-hand seating banks is recommended.
Video recording and photography is not permitted.