Wilde Without The Boy, Playground Theatre London

De Profundis

On the 25th September, a former bus station converted into a quirky theatre venue known as The Playground Theatre in West London, hosted an unforgettable performance by Olivier nominee Gerard Logan in Wilde Without the Boy.

After a six month Covid-induced hiatus, Gerard Logan ‘wow’ed’ a socially distanced audience with his ease of deliverance of a profound soliloquy.

Wilde Without The Boy is Gareth Armstrong’s dramatisation of ‘De Profundis’, Oscar Wilde’s searing letter to his lover, written from his Reading Gaol cell.

Gerard Logan transported theater goers through a range of emotions – logging the emotional and mental journey of a heartbroken lover. The range of emotion was emphasised by Logan’s control of movement: at times, the actor sits languishly lamenting his fate; at other times, erratic movements convey a mood of angst, anguish and anger. At the best of times, Logan stands – or sits – poised, and narrates the love story of one of Britain’s greatest literary giants.

It is underscored by a beautiful, specially commissioned score by the award-winning composer, Simon Slater.

The Playground re-opened for a limited season of short runs across genres with social distancing and stringent hygiene measures in place.