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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

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Date(s) - 02/11/2017
7:45 pm

Proforca Theatre Company


Type of Event Production
Start Time 7:45 pm
Start Date Thursday, 2 November 2017
End Date Saturday, 4 November 2017
Add Other Dates and Times Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm 4th November 2017
Group Name Proforca Theatre Company
Name of the Event The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Name of Venue The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Street Gaisford St
City or Town Kentish Town
County Middlesex
Postcode NW5 2ED
Region London
Country United Kingdom
Description of Event “Some love too little, some too long,
Some sell, and others buy;
Some do the deed with many tears,
And some without a sigh:
For each man kills the thing he loves,
Yet each man does not die.”

The Ballad of Reading Gaol was the poet and writer Oscar Wilde’s final work. From celebrated playwright and society figure to a broken man dying in exile in Paris, the ballad of Reading Gaol is a heartrending exploration of the deprivation of liberty, a spectacular fall from grace and a soul-searching quest to hold onto the shreds of humanity during one man’s darkest hour.

This adaptation of the Ballad of Reading Gaol uses the power and grotesque beauty of Wilde’s words to tell the story of the punishment and despair experienced by prisoners at the turn of the century in direct contrast to the wit and triviality of some of his comedic work.

Proforça Theatre Company presents a visceral new staging of Oscar Wilde’s haunting and evocative piece which explores oppression, censorship, and conformity in and ever more conservative society with themes which are as relevant to us in our world today as they were over 100 years ago. This new staging features the original work plus brand new pieces of writing inspired by Wilde’s powerful and evocative poem.

The exciting new staging of this piece of work is the perfect companion to our September production of “The Importance of Being Earnest”, also being performed at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

For more information, check out, on Twitter @proforcatheatre and on Facebook / Instagram @proforcatheatre

Running Time: 75 Mins, no interval

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