"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 mixes the power and grotesque beauty of Oscar Wilde's words with the anger, scandal and salacious gossip of his criminal trial to tell the story of the punishment and despair experienced by prisoners at the turn of the century.
Proforca 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.
The exciting new staging of this piece of work is the perfect companion piece to our September production of "The Importance of Being Earnest", also being performed at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre and features Myles Delahunty, Piers Hunt, Ross Kernahan, Graeme Thomas King and Alasdair Melrose.
TICKETS FOR READING GAOL WILL BE ON SALE VERY SOON FROM WWW.LIONANDUNICORNTHEATRE.CO.UK