Cahoots Theatre Company at the Cramphorn Theatre
In a remarkable tour-de-force, Gerard Logan uses Oscar Wilde's words to give a moving insight into the man behind the scandals and the stage hits.
De Profundis is his bitter letter to Lord Alfred Douglas. The poet's tragic infatuation with this feckless boy is the cause of his imprisonment, and yet the tone is often rueful, wounded rather than wrathful. In his bare prison cell, the mask can be removed as he mourns his lost love and stares hopelessly at a future of penury and exile.
And in that exile, he writes The Ballad of Reading Gaol, recalling in verse the last days of a fellow prisoner condemned to hang.
Logan's voice is richly expressive, his face suggesting something of the pain which lies deeper than words.
Gareth Armstrong adapts and directs this memorable evening, which brings the audience a little closer to the flawed genius of Oscar Wilde.