Man in the Moon Closes After 20 Years with OscarDate: 11 September 2002
Fringe venue the Man in the Moon Theatre will close down this month after 20 years of performances. The final production presented in the pub venue on the King's Road in Chelsea, west London, will be the premiere of Gavin Armstrong's Kicking Oscar's Corpse which opens tonight, 11 September 2002, and continues to 28 September (previews from 10 September).
A new analysis of the trial and eventual imprisonment of 19th-century playwright, author and bon viveur Oscar Wilde (pictured), Kicking Oscar's Corpse provides a contemporary, psychological look at the relationship between Bosie and Oscar, and the draconian notions of morality pervading Victorian society. Supported by Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland, the piece was inspired in part by the work of Amnesty International and is.
Director Giles Foreman aims to highlight the plight of individuals around the world who suffer abuse of their human rights as a result of their sexuality by interweaving stories of modern "Oscars" into the performance. A specific focus will be a real-life 23-year-old homosexual in Syria, who Foreman met while working as a travel journalist.
The cast of Kicking Oscar's Corpse includes Anthony Barton, Imogen Church, Daniel Dresner, Amia Lemouchi, Allan Lishman, Oengus Macnamara and Daud Shah.
- by Terri Paddock