This week we explored the world of Oscar Wilde, especially his trenchant, satiric, criticism of the Victorian Age. We had the great good fortune to watch David Suchet play the role of Lady Bracknell in this play. He transforms Lady Bracknell into the grotesque image of the upper middle class that Oscar Wilde was so intolerant of.
Please find here the audio for the lecture for Week 10 and link this to the slides that are posted into LEO- enjoy!
David Suchet in the role of Lady Bracknell brings Oscar Wilde’s satire of the British upper classes into a powerful focus. She is so much of the age of surfacesthat anything she says or does is a complete parody of who she might think she is.
This play, while mocking deeply at the tribal customs of the late Victorians, has, at its heart, a wish to point the human race in the right direction: away from fraud, hypocrisy and such indecent preoccupation with material realities.
Had it not been for the homosexual scandal which engulfed Wilde and his ‘friend’ Bosie I truly believe that Oscar Wilde would be regarded as an important playwright as Shakespeare or George Bernard Shaw such was his dazzling brilliance with words in the way he speared and lampooned late Victorian Society.absolutely Brill was Oscar!!!!