ADAPTED FROM “THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL” BY OSCAR WILDEADDITIONAL MATERIAL BY CATRIN JONES, SIMON MARSHALL, ERIN READ & JAMES LEWISDIRECTED BY DAVID BRADY WITH HARRIET LAMBERT & ERIN READ
MONSTER, GUARDIAN, HUMAN, INNOCENT, HERO.EACH MAN KILLS THE THING HE LOVES
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, 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 Reading Gaol uses the power and grotesque beauty of Wilde's words to tell the story of the punishment and deprivation experienced by prisoners at the turn of the century in direct contrast to the wit and triviality of some of his comedic work. Featuring Wilde's original poem about the execution of a convicted solider remixed with five brand new pieces of writing and physical theatre commissioned for this production, we plunge headlong into the abyss of incarceration, despair and hope experienced by five prisoners in one of England's most notorious jails. From the grime of Victorian England to the Forests of Africa and back, this production tells a story which goes from the depths of one man's black heart to the brightest hopes of another in a hopeless quest for salvation.
Proforça Theatre Company presents a visceral new staging of Oscar Wilde's haunting and evocative piece which explores oppression, censorship, and conformity in an increasingly conservative society with themes which are as relevant to us in our world today as they were over 100 years ago. Bigger, braver, and more confrontational than before, we are delighted to be bringing a new staging of this production in an "event" style format to Theatre N16 at its brilliant brand new home @Styx for six special performances this July.
Reading Gaol is adapted from "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde with new material by James Lewis, Simon Marshall, Erin Read and Catrin Keeler. It is directed by David Brady, Associate Directors Erin Read & Harriet Lambert and produced by Gemma Wray.
Proforca Theatre Company is a fringe theatre company based in London. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ProforcaTheatre. Visit our website at www.proforca.co.uk
Theatre N16 can be found at www.theatren16.co.uk and @TheatreN16. It's Artistic Director is Jamie Eastlake.
Running Time: 110 mins Approx. (15 Minute Interval) Contains Adult Themes & scenes of violence., haze and flashing lights
PRAISE FOR READING GAOL (2018)
"a dark, gripping performance which explores the Victorian prison system in a unique, versatile fashion. It takes us away from the rich people behaving badly in drawing rooms who populate Wilde’s plays to a dark, grimy place where villains, innocents and those in-between are locked away. - LITRO MAGAZINE
"Proforca’s director, David Brady, cleverly uses this stark setting to bring out the darkness and pathos in Oscar Wilde’s ballad..."
"...it has the novelty of mixing classical and contemporary narrative and a great sense of live performance from the moment we enter the building. The technical aspects are innovative and slick and the actors work well together and individually, and all in a venue which will be a discovery for most." - THE SPY IN THE STALLS
"Directed by David Brady, the piece is tightly choreographed, at times acrobatic, conveying the stir-craziness the convicts feel as they tell their stories and contemplate their futures. James Vincent stands out as a deluded killer bound for the gallows." - LONDONIST
"There is a lot to admire in this atmospheric production, with some great performances and exciting new writing. Reading Gaol is powerful and thought-provoking, and well worth a look." - FAIRY POWERED PRODUCTIONS
MONSTER: James VincentGUARDIAN: Malcolm JeffriesHUMAN: Nic JamesINNOCENT: Miles ParkerHERO: Nick Cope
READING GAOL WAS ORIGINALLY PERFORMED IN NOV 2017 AT THE LION & UNICORN THEATRE, KENTISH TOWN
DIRECTED BY: David BradyASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Erin ReadASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Harriet Lambert
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: David BradyPRODUCER: Gemma WrayPRODUCER: Mitchell ReeveWRITTEN BY: Oscar Wilde as C-3-3WITH NEW MATERIAL BY: Catrin Keeler, James Lewis, Simon Marshall & Erin Read
FOR THEATRE N16: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Jamie Eastlake
TECHNICAL MANAGER / LIGHTING DESIGN: Mitchell ReevePRODUCTION DESIGN: Proforca Theatre Company LimitedMARKETING DESIGN: Proforca Theatre Company LimitedMARKETING / PR: Chris HislopWITH THANKS TO: Terri PaddockPRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY: Brittain PhotographyPRODUCTION VIDEOGRAPHY: Olivia Foan Videography
REHEARSAL FACILITIES: Theatre Delicatessen, Orzu Arts, BGM Entertainment, The Miller LondonACCOUNTANCY SERVICES: Theataccounts Ltd