Wilde Season at Vaudeville

By December 10, 2017Authors, Literary Events, News

“One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.”

That famous quote from one of Wilde’s best know plays, “A Woman of No Importance”, is just one you can hear in a brand new series of his works that are being performed at London’s Vaudeville Theatre.

The Wilde season is the creation of Dominic Dromgoole, former director at Shakespeare’s Globe. It kicks off with the aforementioned “A Woman of No Importance”, playing until the end of December, which contains its fair share of Wilde zingers. It continues in January with “Lady Windermere’s Fan”, directed by Kathy Burke, and starring Jennifer Saunders.

Dominic Dromgoole told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme that this production of the play was radical in being a faithful representation of the original. He explained that “the straightforward way of doing something, which is to observe it through it’s own moment and through its own historical period and through how it was presented in its own time, becomes radical because no one else is doing it.”

Franny Moyle, biographer, (Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde USUK) was asked in the same interview about Wilde’s interpretation of women, “Oscar’s always been really sympathetic to women, his whole career actually, was dedicated to women in various ways”. He was the first editor of Woman’s World and his mother was a huge influence on his life. After his Father died, she brought her sons to London to help advance their careers. She was an eccentric and vain character a lot like Wilde himself, who admired her for her literary talent, which he felt had been overlooked. Another biographer of Wilde has pointed out that he “is more modern than he is Victorian” and Franny Moyle agreed saying that he “was living a life that today would not have sent him to jail”.

It is fitting that Wilde’s plays are being performed in The Vaudeville Theatre as in the 1890s he saw Hedda Gabler performed there at least 3 times. It is said that this play helped Wilde to create his beautifully drawn and credible female characters.

This season of plays will run throughout 2018 more information can be found at classicspring.co.uk

Church Leaders Call for Ban on LGBT Books, During Banned Books Week

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Established by the American Library Association in 1982, Banned Books Week begins every year on the last week of September. The week celebrates books that have been censored or outright banned over the years and reminds us of the importance of information and freedom of speech, as well as showing us how books can be used tackle difficult or sensitive topics and themes.

To celebrate the week, a library in Rumford, Maine created a display featuring books that have, and continue to be, banned in various parts of the world. As you can imagine, books focusing on the topic of same-sex relationships are heavily censored, and thus the display featured several LGBT books such as Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and David Lev’s Two Boys Kissing. Both books have been released to great acclaim from critics but also face heavy resistance, with Two Boys Kissing being the fifth most banned book of 2016. Read More

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Research carried out on the impact of the Hay Festival has shown that the economic impact over the past three years has totalled more than £70 million!

The study was conducted by data collection provider QRS research and it shows that the festival generated a whopping £25.8 million in the local area in 2018, more than 25% higher than in 2016.
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First Irish Book Week to Be Held This October

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Publishing Ireland and Bookselling Ireland are teaming up to bring us the Irish Book Week, a seven day, nationwide celebration of Irish books, authors, and bookshops. The inaugural event will see the Irish Book Week begin from 27th October to 3rd November.

As The BookSeller reports, the week long event will see book related activities take place across Ireland with the focus being on celebrating Irish books and writers who have played an important role in shaping Irish culture. Read More

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