The Judas Kiss
    By David Hare

    19:00, Wed 12th – Fri 14th June 2024 at Lightfoot Room
    Easter Week 7

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    Substance abuse
    Self-harm or destructive tendencies

    In 1895, the Marquess Of Queensberry, enraged by rumours of his son Lord Alfred Douglas's relationship with the Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, entered Wilde's club and left him a note accusing him of ‘posing as a sodomite’. When Wilde decided that he could not ignore the challenge, and that he must bring a prosecution against Queensberry for criminal libel, the Marquess retaliated by searching London for a list of young men willing to testify against Wilde. Knowing of this list, Wilde nevertheless persisted with his case. After his private suit collapsed in two days, Wilde himself became liable for public prosecution under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1886, which had made ‘acts of gross indecency’ between men a criminal offence.

    On 19 May 1897, Wilde was released after two years in jail. He went abroad at once, and never returned to England before his death in 1900.

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    Oscar Wilde
    Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas
    Robert ‘Robbie’ Ross
    Sandy Moffat
    Phoebe Cane
    Arthur Wellesley and Galileo Masconi

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