After the rained out weekend at the Edinburgh Festival last week, I needed to go back to it yesterday because there was a show I just could not miss: Simon Callow starring in De Profundis, a performance of Oscar Wilde’s letter to “Bosie” (Lord Alfred Douglas) which he wrote while infamously imprisoned in Reading Gaol.
I’ve seen Callow perform before, so I knew this was going to be pretty good. However, this was my first experience of this particular piece and my introduction to De Profundis (which I re-read in full on the train back home), followed by a little research into the letter.
All I’m saying is that Bosie was a little shit.
Back to the performance…I loved it. It was very moving and while there were the typical Wilde puns, the title of the letter truly reflects the tone of it: Wilde’s insights into his past relationship with Bosie as well as his reflections on his own character. Simon Callow very much managed to release that distressed, angry, and yet loving and forgiving soul that Wilde confined to his own words.
Afterwards I saw one other show and went for a stroll, but I was just too occupied by Wilde’s letter to really pay much attention to any of the other performances. And with that, this year’s Festival is over for me. It was fun to see that the crowds turned out well for the last Festival weekend, tho.
Seriously, check the number of people in the pictures. This is what I mean by the town being “busy” during the festival period:
Anyway, today brought a day full of rain and cold weather so I spent most of the day wrapped in a warm jumper and enjoying books and tea…I came across a lovely little collection of Wilde’s shorter stories while wandering around the Book Festival yesterday. (It contains The Canterville Ghost which I have now earmarked for the Ghost square on my Halloween Bingo Card!)
Oh, yes, and because it has turned quite chilly today, I made some soup. 😀 Nothing fancy, just some very simple vegetable and pasta and veggie pieces (which would obviously work just as well with chicken).