Oscariana is an Oscar Wilde festival taking place at The Oscar Wilde House (1 Merrion Square) from Saturday October 14th to Monday October 16th.
Exploring the work and life of the notable playwright and poet on his 169th birthday, the programme features tours, live performances, music, poetry, theatre, art, children’s stories, and film screenings and participants include Villagers’ Conor O’Brien, Caoimhe Lavelle, Emily Collins, Michael Judd and more.
The Oscar Wilde House is the artist’s childhood home, where the Wilde family lived for 24 years, and it is the first edition of Oscariana.
On Monday October 16th, the Speranza’s Salon music and poetry event will be streamed online and features Conor O’Brien performing in William Wilde’s Library; award winning composer Sarah Lynch and guitarist Shane Kavanagh from Speranza’s Bedroom; folksters The Silken Same; poets Caoimhe Lavelle, Julian Bernard and Ruairi Conneely reciting Wildean works; Dublin artist Gerard Byrne paints one if his famous lily works from Oscar Wilde House’s Orangerie, as well as virtual Wilde Tours and Tales with Oscariana founder Martin Burns.
The programme features performances of The Importance of Being Oscar, Micheál Mac Liammóir’s play on the life of Wilde by Michael Judd, The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield will screen the amazing Technicolor version of the 1952 movie The Importance of Being Earnest, children’s programming with readings of fairy tales including The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and The Rose. with storyteller Emily Collins (Tales from the Shadows).
Film screenings include The Importance of Being Earnest at The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield and The Picture of Dorian Gray at The Stella Cinema in Rathmines.
Tickets for various events from €9 to €25. For further information, schedule and tickets see www.oscariana.ie
“To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”Oscar Wilde.