Wilde Walk by Anne Gaelan

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The astounding Oscar Wilde lounge in the Café Royal

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The ceiling of the Oscar Wilde lounge, The Cafe Royal London

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Oscar’s table!

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Poet at the Cafe Royal

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Mr Neil Titley read as Wilde in excerpts of his first trial. Mr Darcy Sullivan played Carson.

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Prince’s Hall, Piccadilly, venue of Wilde’s first UK lecture.

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Site of Wilde’s publisher, John Lane

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Lane’s nephew Allen founded Penguin books.

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St James’ Place where Wilde entertained young men.

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Number 10 and 11 were one residence in Wilde’s day.

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The musician who is so significant in Wilde’s work.

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What is left of the theatre that produced Lady Windermere’s fan. The plaque is of Dorian Gray.

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The Society walk ended here at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Oscar Wilde’s West End Walk for members of The Oscar Wilde Society started at the Café Royal.

The day was Saturday 29th September 2018.

Enjoy some of our experience.  Even better, join The Oscar Wilde Society.

Just click the link to find out more.

 

Poet’s Update on Arthur and Oscar

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Photo of Poet by Ray Turner

 

I hope you enjoy browsing my updated site about the work of Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde!

Please browse around.  Comments are welcome.

This post is early or late depending on whether you have viewed this before.

Click the link to find Poet’s work!

 

 

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.

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
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See http://oscarwildesociety.co.uk/

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

https://oscarwildeinamerica.blog

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Go into The Cellar Expereince and The Canterville Ghost

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Still from Poet’s film Adieu with Love

A regular post will follow soon.

This week was interrupted by having to travel to Manchester on a work-related trip with a funereal theme – coffins!

It had a flavour of Don’t Go into the Cellar about it, the theatre prodution company that offers Victorian theatre with bite!

Through them I met Oscar Wilde as theatre show host a.k.a. Mr Jonathan Goodwin the director and producer.

They will be back in Cumbria soon with a production of The Canterville Ghost.

Wilde Screenplay, North-west Nugget (UK)

Here is an update on the present project-a film of Wilde’s poem Garden of Eros.

The characters are the Lover and Beloved, her lovestruck swain.

The idea is that they will move to a Voice Over.

I first studied screenwriting with The Arvon Foundation, gaining a bursery to do so.  It was near a place called Sheepwash in Devon.  The course was superb.  Centres are all over the United Kingdom.  More can be found on https://www.arvon.org/course/.

Ms Lucy Scher and Mr Paul Fraser were my tutors.

Raindance taught me about film production.

For their courses see https://www.raindance.org/courses/.

They also run a film festival.  Details are on https://www.raindance.org/festival/.

Their courses are excellent value for money and recommended!

Mr Ray Turner Director of Photography on most of my films has given permission to thank him for designing my logo since my initial post.

For more about him see http://www.lancastervideo.co.uk/.  He was instrumental in establishing Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op.   For more about us see our YouTube link.

 

 

 

 

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An Oscar for you!

 

 

 

The Event: A Rehearsed Reading

Title: Oscar’s People

Date: May 25th

Venue: Club for Acts and Actors, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London

Writer/Director: Neil Titley

Production and Publicity: Vanessa Heron

It was the perfect way to spend Bank Holiday.

Thanks to being a member of The Oscar Wilde Society I had the pleasure of attending this sparkling evening of entertainment  full of wit and laughter along with my friend Mrs Jenia Greenwood, also an actor.

A vibrant cast provided delightful portraits of those who had known Oscar Wilde during his life.

Mr Darcy Sullivan played the painter James Whistler, Mr Robert Duncan the actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Mr Bill Bingham Oscar Wilde, Mr Paddy O’Keefe George Bernard Shaw and Mr Titley the waiter as Mr Martin Nichols was ill.

It was lovely meeting members of The Oscar Wilde Society and members of the cast afterwards in the bar upstairs.

For more about The Oscar Wilde Society see http://oscarwildesociety.co.uk/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Windermere’s Fan

 

 

 

 

There is something of a Wilde revival in London at the present time, which immediately conjures up the image of witty plays with wealthy characters in who offer much-needed laughter to an audience in these troubled times.

Wilde afficionados in England’s capital are sure to be fulfilled this chilly March.

This current production of  Wilde’s sparkling comedy by the company Classic Spring is at the Vaudeville Theatre in London and playing to brilliant reviews with the superb Jennifer Saunders and Samantha Spiro in the lead female roles.

It was Wilde’s first great success when he began to taste the nectar of fortune in addition to fame.

Wilde found it difficult to get into this play the reason for which can be found in Arthur Ransome’s Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study.

It is a work well worth chasing up at your library as it shows superb insight that matches Richard Ellmann’s masterpiece which came out in 1987.

 

 

 

 

 

Something’s Cooking!

In Vera or The Nihilists, Wilde’s play set in Russia, (the country which so enchanted Arthur Ransome),  Prince Paul says,

“Culture depends on cookery.”

 

Arthur Ransome also liked to make a reference to the culinary in his series of novels.

Readers must look forward to reading about Susan Walker’s efforts in the great outdoors!

Cookery also has an important part to play in literature!

Since I joined TARS, members have made the most wonderful cake creations and it has been a source of joy reading about them.

Cookery also has an important part to play in literature!

Above is an Arthur Ransome themed Pirate Fortress Cake with Chocolate Coins that is easy to make.

Let us wonder what an Oscar Wilde themed cake would look like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)?