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Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde


Sun Apr 28 2013, 7:30pm

Where: Drama Centre Theatre - Black Box, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building, Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

W!LD RICE presents
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
Written by Moisés Kaufman
Directed by Glen Goei

In conjunction with The Importance of Being Earnest, W!LD RICE proudly presents Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde.

In early 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry – the father of Oscar Wilde's young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas – left a calling card at Wilde's club bearing the phrase “posing somdomite”. (The misspelling is Queensberry’s own.) Wilde sued Queensberry for criminal libel. And thus began a series of trials that gripped Victorian England’s imagination and eventually convicted Wilde on the charge of gross indecency.

Drawing from trial documents, newspaper accounts and personal letters, Gross Indecency tells the story of the downfall of Oscar Wilde, the great man of letters, whose artistic genius has long been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his imprisonment. With a cast of characters ranging from George Bernard Shaw and Queen Victoria to London’s rent boys, this scintillating play ignites an explosive mix of sex, the role of art and literature in society, public morality and censorship.

While the laws that incarcerated Wilde were repealed in England in 1967, the same law remains in force in Singapore as Section 377A of the Penal Code. In view of the ongoing constitutional challenge to Section 377A in Singapore’s courts, Gross Indecency presents an urgent, powerful and thought-provoking examination of a law which discriminates against and dehumanises a significant portion of our community.

The staged reading will be immediately followed by an audience talk-back session with the cast and director. For two performances only, please book now to avoid disappointment!