What happens when you merge Oscar Wilde’s poetry and new writing as an immersive theatre piece? Proforca Theatre’ new adaptation of The Ballad of Reading Gaol is now in its second and final week at Theatre N16, where it must finish this Thursday 2 August 2018. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review and audience quotes below – as well as a brand-new trailer. Last chance to get booking!
Oscar Wilde wrote “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”, his last work, in 1897. At the time, he was in exile in France, having been released from Reading Gaol where he was incarcerated for two years’ hard labour after being convicted for “gross indecency” (i.e. homosexual acts, which were then illegal)
In this adaptation, the original text of Oscar Wilde’s 1897 “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” is combined with five new pieces of writing to tell the stories of five men’s oppression, incarceration and hope. It melds poetry, storytelling and physical theatre to create a much darker, more confrontational, visceral and thought-provoking piece: an exploration of the deprivation of liberty experienced by prisoners at the turn of the century.
Originally staged by Proforca in November 2017 at the Lion & Unicorn, Reading Gaol has been expanded to be performed in an immersive, traverse style in Theatre N16’s new performance space. Adapted by the company, it features new material by Catrin Keeler, James Lewis, Simon Marshall and Erin Read. Helmed by artistic director David Brady, the cast are James Vincent (as Monster), Malcolm Jeffries (Guardian), Nic James (Human), Miles Parker (Innocent) and Nick Cope(Hero).
Reading Gaol runs from 23 July to 2 August 2018 at Theatre N16, 5 Ashley Road, London N17 9LJ. Performances are Mondays to Wednesdays at 8.30pm (7.30pm from 30 July). Tickets are priced £14 (concessions £11). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!