Oscar Wilde’s classic, Gothic novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, ‘DORIAN’ is set in a fantasy, steampunk world, as we witness the events of Dorian Gray’s tragic life in flashback. It begins at the
end before we are whisked through the key moments that lead to his demise – revealing also what Oscar Wilde
merely hinted at
between the lines.
nothing about love, but decides that it is his quest to find it. While sitting for his portrait by society painter Basil Hallward, Dorian is discovered by the influential Lord Henry and is soon under
the spell of this dangerous, charismatic man.
starts grooming Dorian for sex, exerting total power over him,
his descent into a totally corrupt world.
A world where
sex and death share the same bed. And where love dare not speak its name.
realises the painting is in fact a portrait of his conscience, he is horrified to see the level of corruption depicted on the canvas and decides to try to reverse
But is it too
Focusing more on
the character of Dorian and those lost souls that surround him
rather than the
picture locked away in the attic, the story is stitched together by
the narration of
the sinister character of Mr Isaacs, a theatre manager
who is out to
get revenge on Dorian for the "murder" of his protegé Sybil Vane.