1 Jun 2020 - 30 Nov 2021
WILDE Reading brings the genius of Oscar Wilde to the stage in a compact tour de force of some of his most dazzling moments in theatre, prose and poetry. Stalwarts of Australian stage and screen, John Wood and Michael Veitch, are joined by some wonderful new musical and dramatic talent for an evening of wit, charm and elegance, all in the name of that great, larger-than-life Irishman, Oscar Wilde.
We'll bring you a selection of some of his most delicious characters in their most memorable stage scenes: poor Ernest Worthing attempting to explain that particular inscription in his cigarette case; Lord Goring's awkward reacquaintance with the alluring Mrs Cheverley, and of course, she of the famous 'handbag' scene, the redoubtable Lady Bracknell.
Let us reacquaint you with favourites such as the moving genius of the Ballad of Reading Gaol, usually performed by a male, our version will reframe the experience; the chilling undertones of Dorian Grey; and the tragic beauty of Wilde's Nightingale and the Rose soaring with original vocals and exquisite cello accompaniment.
Let us read to you, play for you and sing the song of a Nightingale. All in the name of Oscar Wilde
|"The performances were as I had imagined, but were much more than I had imagined – meaning that you brought much more than I could have anticipated. They really all were fantastic, but the last piece – The Nightingale & the Rose; with Michael, Tom & Rose is something for the ages. That song will haunt me forever (in a good way.)" Patrick Watt, Program Director, Yarra Ranges Regional Museum|