Set in the image-obsessed world of contemporary art and politics, in Bourne\'s version of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, the title character is a beautiful London \'It boy\', in icon of beauty and truth in an increasingly ugly world. This alluring young man makes a pact with the devil.
Dorian Gray reunites Bourne with the team behind 2003\'s double Olivier Award-winning Play Without Words: designer Lez Brotherston, composer Terry Davies and lighting designer Paule Constable. The company is led by Richard Winsor as Dorian, Michela Meazza as Lady H (a variation of Lord Henry Wotton) and Aaron Sillis as Basil Hallward. Other cast members include Scott Ambler, Ashley Bain, Jared Hageman, Chris Marney and Shaun Walters.
Critical reaction to the Edinburgh premiere was mixed, with some hailing a “disturbing” and “gripping” interpretation of Wilde’s novel, while others were left unsatisfied by “threadbare choreography” and a “soul-destroying score”. The performances were generally appreciated, with Richard Winsor’s “pouting” portrayal of the title character and Michela Meazza’s “elegant” Lady H coming in for particular praise, although some critics bemoaned the “missed opportunities” apparent in some of the supporting roles.
- by Theo Bosanquet