Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis

WHEN
Tuesday 23 January – Saturday 27 January
7.30pm

WHERE
Gasworks Theatre

RUNNING TIME
76 Minutes

TICKETS
Full $35
Concession $30
Group(6+) $28

WARNINGS
Contains nudity, sexually explicit material and poetry
This show has a complete lockout.

ACCESS
Wheelchair Accessible

Gasworks Arts Park and Metro Arts

Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis

Produced by Metro Arts for David Fenton & Brian Lucas

This first ever theatrical adaptation of De Profundis is sexually uncompromising, audacious and powerful as it explore issues including Oscar Wilde’s persecution for being gay, his suffering and transformation in prison. 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.

BASED ON THE TEXT BY OSCAR WILDE
DIRECTION & ADAPTATION / DAVID FENTON
PERFORMANCE & ADAPTATION / BRIAN LUCAS
CREATION / BRIAN LUCAS & DAVID FENTON
VIDEO DESIGN / RAY PITTMAN
SET DESIGN / RAY PITTMAN & DAVID FENTON
MUSIC COMPOSITION / DAVID MEGARRITY
LIGHTING DESIGN / JASON GLENWRIGHT
VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE / BRANDON DOWERY
Produced by Metro Arts for David Fenton & Brian Lucas
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