“Mockingbird Theatre makes its impressive theatrical debut in Canberra with The Judas Kiss....As Wilde, Baldock creates a monumental performance..one of the finest dramatic performances one is likely to see by a local theatre company...this powerful and moving production of The Judas Kiss is one that you won’t want to miss.” - Canberra Times
"We are very lucky to have work of this quality presented by talented local theatre practitioners.....Chris Baldock gives a towering performance as Oscar Wilde.....His performance is thoroughly believable and ultimately very moving.....The director has obtained fine performances from her entire cast. Liam Jackson gives a strong performance of great depth.....Patrick Galen-Mules is very convincing as Robert Ross.....The Judas Kiss was a good choice as a first production in Canberra by Mockingbird Theatre." - Canberra Critics Circle
"...Mockingbird founder Chris Baldock is memorable as Oscar Wilde. His transformation from the first act’s deliberate nonchalance to the broken and abandoned Naples exile is striking...Patrick Galen-Mules does excellent work...For Wilde fans, Mockingbird’s production is a chance to see the source material live in a poignant performance." - HerCanberra
Director: Karina Hudson
Assistant Director: Alexandra Pelvin
Robbie Ross: Patrick Galen-Mules
Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie): Liam Jackson
Sandy Moffatt: Arran McKenna
Arthur: Cole Hilder
Phoebe: Meaghan Stewart
Galileo: Benjamin Russell
Oscar Wilde: Chris Baldock
'An emotionally rich drama illuminated by Hare’s customary insight and humanity' –The Globe and Mail
In the spring of 1895, Oscar Wilde was larger than life. His masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, was a hit in the West End; he was the toast of London. But Wilde’s dangerous philosophy leads him on a path to destruction. The Judas Kiss describes two pivotal moments on that path: the day Wilde decides to stay in England and face imprisonment for gross indecency, and the night, after his release two years later, when his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie), for whom he risked everything, betrays him.
With a quiet but burning sense of outrage, David Hare presents the consequences of taking an uncompromisingly moral position in a world defined by fear, expedience and conformity.