The Trial of Oscar Wilde (Dramatic Reading)

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(4.3 stars; 13 reviews)

In 1895 Oscar Wilde was convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years' hard labor. This account of his two trials was compiled from the original shorthand court reports by an anonymous author. While a more complete account of the trial was published several years later, it omitted the more 'sensational' exchanges. This shorter version was clearly intended for a more prurient reader. In it we hear Wilde's famous defence of "the love that dare not speak its name", and see the evidence mount as a succession of attractive young men step into the witness box to tell their tales. - Summary by Rob Board

Narrator: Rob Board
Oscar Wilde: Edward Kirkby
Alfred Taylor: Ted Delorme
Mr. C.F. Gill: Beth Thomas
Sir Edward Clarke: Kristin Gjerløw
Mr. JP Grain: Michele Fry
Sir Frank Lockwood: Elizabeth Klett
Mr. Horace Avory: Oxenhandler
Mr. Hall: Joseph Tabler
Mr. Justice Charles: Richard Shipp
Mr. Justice Wills: Zames Curran
The Foreman of the Jury: David Olson
Frank Atkins: Eden Rea-Hedrick
Edward Shelley: Newgatenovelist
Charles Parker: Sandra Schmit
Alfred Wood: Rotgold
Sidney Mavor: Anna Simon
Hugues Rebell: David Bushhouse
Arthur Symons: Mark Chulsky
Baron Macauley: Apneia
Octave Mirbeau: Herman Roskams
Newspaper reporter: Jessie Yun
John Milton: Hannoria
Edited by: Rob Board (3 hr 32 min)


Dramatis personae 1:48 Read by Rob Marland
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Section 2 52:22 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Section 3 47:04 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Section 4 15:46 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
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SKIP to # 4. Misleading Title

(2 stars)

This is not an exclusive transcript of the trial but much of it seems to be biased practical criticism. Only Part 4 seems to accurately represent the trial transcript. STILL, there is no dramatisation to help frame the context. While much of this does come from trial transcripts, more of it does not. Bad show, indeed. High falutin sounding copy "posing" as practical criticism is not the thing for which I was looking. SOOO... SKIP to Part 4 and hear some transcript copy read by a non-acting reader. NON-ACTING. Librivox style. Why can not the BBC produce a simple radio drama closely based on the transcripts of Mr. Wilde's trials with Queensbury as the wiley protagonist (via Queensbury's solicitor. Queensbury, omn his own, hadn't the sense that G-d dave geese.).. "QUEENsbury". A bad pun upon which G-d inflicted the hated, vicious Marquis of Queensbury. Oscar Wilde, in 2018, finally deserves HIS day in court! After over 100 years of analysing, it is time for modern people to finally hear exactly what happened in the Old Bailey trial that resulted in Mr. Wilde being tortured to death via "hard labour". Not even harden criminals were punished as severely as Oscar Wilde and others under the old English sodomy laws (not repealed until the late 1960s); —it was only because that Wilde was still relatively young and in sound shape that he survived for another 2 painful years. He died because of an extremely painful inner ear infection suffered from the cruel "hard labour" of the 19th century, primitive British penal system. While academia seems to have finally forgiven Mr. Wilde, the whole of society has NOT. It is finally time for the fresh air of TRUTH to reach the ears of The English People. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was simply GAY. He was not evil, not a criminal. It is high time that a serious drama reflecting the truth of his life be produced. Are you listening BBC??

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