Kabosh bring to life The Ballad of Reading Gaol at the first ever Wilde Weekend

Kabosh bring to life The Ballad of Reading Gaol at the first ever Wilde Weekend

Kabosh are delighted to be working with Happy Days Festival in their first ever Wilde Weekend taking place in Enniskillen this May!

Old Gaol – Central Hall South West College, Enniskillen Saturday May 2nd, 1.30pm & Sunday May 3rd, 10.30am
Tickets – £8 Concession – £6

A theatre, film and sound production by Kabosh Artistic Director: Paula McFetridge & Video Designer: Conan McIvor

Written following his incarceration for homosexual offences, The Ballad of Reading Gaol evokes Wilde’s experience of imprisonment – the longing for that ‘little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky’, the slow death of hope and the loss of self.

118 years later and around the world men and women still set locks upon their lips and make their face a mask in fear of similar or worse fates. All for the sake of love.

In this immersive theatre experience we call upon the voices of the past to echo with our own, as we proclaim the fact of love as a human right, not the question of whose love is right.

In the former Enniskillen prison, designed by Liz Cullinane, James Doran and Frank McCusker will bring the words of The Ballad of Reading Gaol to life, giving voice to one of Wilde’s most emotive pieces of work, through a mix of live theatre and bespoke recordings.

Conan McIvor’s unique video design will evoke the myriad emotions the poem so poignantly captures and also the essence of the central question – who holds the rights to liberty.

Students from South West and Portora College alongside the Enniskillen based Caritas Choir will transport the audience back in time to share in Wilde’s experience.

An insight into the creative genius of Wilde that goes beyond wit, to the heart of the human condition. Not to be missed.