The Ballad of Reading Gaol

OSCAR WILDE’S greatest and epic poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, will be performed at the Bank of Ireland Theatre at NUI Galway, on Thursday February 13 at 8pm.

The event, which is part of the university’s Múscailt Arts Festival, will see the Scottish born storyteller and writer Rab Swannock Fulton recite/perform the poem’s 600 lines, accompanied by subtle props and appearances by co-performer Sandra Coffey.

The Ballad of Reading Gaol tells the story of a man “who has to swing” for murdering his wife, but at a deeper level it is Wilde’s harrowing experience of imprisonment following his conviction in 1895 for homosexual acts.

Tickets are €5 and are available from the Socs Box, Áras na MacLeinn, by calling 091 - 492852, or emailing [email protected].


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