Oscar Wilde and the Solstice Symbol

As the summer solstice approaches, Oscar Wilde’s work is currently in vogue big time and is in the midst of a deserved major revival in contemporary theatre and on film!

Next month a film The Happy Prince, will be released, a passion project for actor Rupert Everett for over a decade and reflected on BBC1’s Imagine on Sunday night.

We should surely also remember the winter solstice, a time when the moon is of central importance and which plays a significant part in Wilde’s work.

It certainly is in his play Salome, which Al Pacino turned into a superb film in which Jessica Chastain gave a tour de force performance in the tragic central role.

However, many are not used to thinking of Wilde as a poet, which is a shame as he was a very fine poet.

The moon often makes its appearance in his eloquent verses.

As an example why not take a look at his poem Endymion, subtitled  (to Music)?

 

 

 

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Arthur and Oscar

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The Arthur Ransome Society    

The Oscar Wilde Society

Did you know there was a connection between both these writers?  Why not explore this site?

It is particularly relevant in the face of the recent revival of both authors’ works!

Let’s celebrate their wonderful legacy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wilde and Crouch End

 

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Oscar Wilde’s most famous play produced by Classic Spring is also featuring at the Art House cinema Crouch End.

Crouch End is a delightful place not overrun by tourists.

Here are some photos of the park there in Wilde’s favourite month – Autumn.

 

 

Poet in London

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it!”

This is the famous Wilde quote.  I have approached Classic Spring, currently producing The Importance of Being Earnest at The Vaudeville Theatre London.

Ah, the cucumber sandwiches!

There will also be an Oscar Wilde walk with fellow members of The Oscar Wilde Society at the end of the month.

More later.

Garden of Eros by Oscar Wilde

Poet’s continuing project with the lovely Miss G is scheduled for September.

Eave’s Wood in Silverdale  is a location suggestion as is Jenny Brown’s Point.

These are beauty spots of Lancashire.

Meanwhile, the weather is dull and windy in Morecambe.  Let’s hope for a mellow September and hope we can pass it off as June!

This post is late due to technical issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poet’s Search for A Swain: Oscar Wilde’s Garden of Eros – the Movie

 

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I am currently searching for a young actor aged 17-18 to play the part of a swain for a film of Oscar Wilde’s poem.

The film will be a voice-over with Miss G and her swain telling the story of young lovers through movement.

I accidentally met members of Morecambe Ramblers yesterday and left details to see if anyone can make suggestions for location shoots around Silverdale, one of Lancashire’s beauty spots and a tourist and walkers’ hotspot.

The shooting will be the end of August and the first few days in September now.

The situation now is that Poet is awaiting news from a youth group.

Thanks to photographers from Pexels for some of the shots for my slideshow.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Swallows and Amazons 1974 Film

 

It was wonderful to meet TARS members and some of the team who worked on the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons on Saturday, 28th July at The Alhambra Cinema Keswick.

The Arthur Ransome Society President Sophie Neville gave a charming talk before the film, which added a little extra magic to the event.

She played the part of tomboy Titty Walker, displaying a lovely combination of vulnerability, exuberance and imagination that were entirely natural.

All the cast were magnificent.

It was especially lovely to see the amazing Zannah Hamilton when she was in the first blush of youth as a resilient and capable Susan Walker.

The late Claude Whatham who directed the movie showed exceptional mastery in the way he drew out comedy from this gentle period piece based on Arthur Ransome’s most famous novel.

His work was thoroughly complimented by orchestral music which matched the mood and followed every beat of a superb screenplay.

Afterwards the President of the Society signed her books for Arthur Ransome fans who attended the screening.  These included delighted children who had thoroughly enjoyed themselves on an uncompromisingly rainy afternoon!

One of her books is The Secrets of Filming Swallows and Amazons.  The Kindle version is extremely engaging with its video trailer of this work containing behind the scenes footage that happened as the film was in production.

To join TARS see http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk/.

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Keswick

Poet is going to Keswick via Penrith where there will be a showing at the Alhambra Cinema of the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons starring the President of the Arthur Ransome Society Sophie Neville.

She is the author of a charming book The Filming of Swallows and Amazons available on Amazon.

Until next week, enjoy the brilliant weather!

 

 

 

 

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Talk at Halton Mill, Lancashire UK

 

Hear the incredible story of the genius who faced obscurity and the rebel with a cause.

Poet’s unique lecture with films is on Thursday, 26th July from 6 pm to 7 pm.

The two films were made in co-operation with Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op and Lancaster Royal Grammar School.

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Gyles Brandreth President of The Oscar Wilde Society in Conversation with Poet

Oscar was a sailor!

Here is a fabulous update from Mr John Cooper.

Sailing was a large part of Wilde’s summer holiday in 1882!  He enjoyed a large amount of time, (several days) on Robert Rossevelt’s yacht “Heart’s Ease.”

It is a name very much appropriate to  both writers Arthur and Oscar!

It is also absolutely brilliant to know that another writer  connects Ransome to Wilde!

Thank you Mr John Cooper for sharing your information with Poet Speak!

WordPress does after all, connect people from round the world!

 

 

 

 

Mr Gyles Brandreth, wit, novelist and President of The Oscar Wilde Society in conversation with Poet at The Platform in Morecambe before his current show
Break a Leg.

See http://oscarwildesociety.co.uk/

http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk/

https://oscarwildeinamerica.blog

http://www.oscarwildeinamerica.org/quotations/nothing-to-declare.html.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oscar Wilde’s Garden of Eros, the Movie

 

 

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Here is the exquisite Miss G, who will take the lead role in the film of Wilde’s Garden of Eros.

2018 is the perfect year for a female lead as it is the centenary of women asserting themselves and gaining the vote in the UK!

As you see, Miss G is the perfect choice for a Wilde heroine, combining the beauty of youth with rustic romanticism.

Enjoy the slides as we prepare for the film.

Next week – Hello, Mr President!

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