“The Extra-Ordinary Cabaret Of Dorian Gray”
(Part Of The Festival of Sex, Love and Death)
Friday 27th October and Saturday 4th November at 7.30pm
Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF
Music and Lyrics by Joe Evans
Written and Directed by Linnie Reedman
Set in a fantasy, steampunk world, Ruby In The Dust Theatre bring their adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Gothic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, to the Pleasance Theatre, London as part of the Festival of Sex, Love and Death.
On the day of his grandfather’s funeral, Dorian decides that he should no longer be a ‘secret’. Exotic looking, and of uncertain parentage, he has been kept hidden by his grandfather, his mother having died in childbirth.
Dorian knows nothing about love, but decides that it is his quest to find it.
While sitting for his portrait by society painter Basil Hallward, Dorian is discovered by the influential Lord Henry and is soon under the spell of this dangerous, charismatic man. Lord Henry starts grooming Dorian for sex, exerting total power over him, thus securing his descent into a totally corrupt world.
A world where sex and death share the same bed.
And where love dare not speak its name.
When Dorian realises the painting is in fact a portrait of his conscience, he is horrified to see the level of corruption depicted on the canvas and decides to try to reverse time.
But is it too late?
Stitched together by the narration of the sinister character of Mr Isaacs, a theatre manager who is out to get revenge on Dorian, the tale unfolds in a series of cabaret sketches with original music.