Mappa Mundi: The Trials Of Oscar Wilde @ The Council Chamber, City Hall, Cardiff
A Mappa Mundi | Theatr Mwldan Co-Production
By Merlin Holland and John O’ Connor
We are delighted to be able to host this production in the beautiful surroundings of The Council Chamber, City Hall Cardiff. Tickets are limited and are sold on an unallocated basis.
Thursday 14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Oscar Wilde’s career. Less than 100 days later he found himself a common prisoner and bankrupt, sentenced by the Crown to two years hard labour for homosexuality. But what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say? Was he harshly treated or the author of his own downfall? Using the actual words spoken in court, recently discovered more than a hundred years after the event, we can feel what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius - as this less than ideal husband was tragically reduced to a man of no importance.
Mappa Mundi give audiences a chance to see the real Oscar Wilde, fighting for his art as well as his life, as we witness Wilde’s intellect tested to the limit - revealing for the first time his complexity, wit and deep humanity.
Co-written by John O’Connor and Merlin Holland; the grandson of Oscar Wilde.
Suitable for 14+
Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.