|Performance of Oscar Wilde's De Profundis|
Oscar Wilde's celebrated work De Profundis will be staged for first time in Malta on November 14 at 7.30pm at the Astra Theatre, Victoria, as part of the Festival Mediterranea.
Written over a period of three months in 1897 towards the end of Wilde's prison term, the work comprises a 50,000-word letter to his friend Lord Alfred Douglas. It is not only an autobiographical and self-critical appraisal of their relationship but also a record of his spiritual journey towards self-realisation and humility. Covering a range of themes such as art, fame, religion, guilt and justice, he explores in particular the experience of suffering and reveals how it has helped him to see the world so differently and much more truthfully from what he knew before his incarceration.
Director George Mizzi has adapted the text into a dramatic monologue performed by four actors and integrated it with dance and music. The unusual theatrical experience is a collaborative project between the Gozo Creative Theatre Club and Astra Theatre.