Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Theatre play in English: "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

Yesterday, 4th ESO students attended a theatre play in English as part of the additional activities programmed by the local council. It was an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray". 

Children enjoyed the play and we had the opportunity to meet some old students and acquaintances from school. 

The Picture of Dorian Gray (or the pact of the eternal youth)

The plot tells us about the story of a young man called Dorian Gray whose portrait is painted by the artist Basil Hallward. Dorian causes an enormous impression on Basil who starts obsessing himself with Dorian's beauty and believing that this beauty is the only responsible of his art. 
Dorian meets Lord Henry, one of Basil's friends, and becomes fascinated with his hedonist view of the world (Lord Henry thinks only beauty, youth and selfish pursue of pleasure are worthy in this life).
When Dorian realises one day his beauty will vanish he begs to be the same age as in his portrait forever. His wish comes true but it takes him to the evil part of himself. The portrait is a reminder of his evil acts, with each sin it becomes older and distorted. 

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