Dorian (2023) Fringe Online, Review

Rating (out of 5)
Show info
KCS Theatre Company
Davina Barron (Director) Brent Roth (Production Designer) Harriet Feeny, Francois Lecomte (Movement Directors) Bea Cramer (Costume Designer) Kit Chow (Technician) Aoife Parr, Alannah O’Hare, Tom Conroy, Juliet Gray (Assistant Directors) James Murray (Musical Director) Jonny Woodnutt (Lighting Design/Operation) Tom Hunt (Music Supervisor/Sound Design) Rejects Collective (Original Music) Mark Ruddick (Fight Choreography) Sasha Barinsky (Fight Captain) Phene Jones (Company Administrator) Brent Roth (Graphic Design) Nick Rutter (Performance Photography)
Tom Conroy (Dorian Grey) Hugo Robijns (The Soul) Dean Chamou, Harriet Feeny, Malachy McEvoy (The Painting) Sebastian Pavin (Basil Hallwood) Roemer Lips (Lord Henry) Tilly Cox (Sibyl Vane) Raphael Henrion (James Vane) Juliet Gray (Hetty) Harry Covington (Alan Campbell) Joe Moore (Lord Erskine) Izzy Staples (Aunt Agatha) Aidan Forbes (Uncle George) William Thomas (Archie) James Murray (Beggar/Violinist)
Running time

This online show was filmed during a live performance, that can sometimes be restrictive and problematical for recordings but on other occasions it can enhance and impart the energy of a face to face production. In this instance the recording, filming and editing was excellent and has only helped to promote the impact of the show.

The play is the retelling of Oscar Wilde’s ‘A Picture of Dorian Grey’ and it does a great job in conveying the novella first published in 1891. The moirés of the Victorian period, its hypocrisies and hedonism are beautifully captured and portrayed in this hour long performance. The play quickly captures the imagination with clever staging and fast intercutting dialogue which adds pace and style to the presentation.

A subdued colour register is used and this adds an edge of morbidity and mystery to the unfolding tale. The exchanges between the three main protagonists; Dorian Grey, Basil Hallward and the reprobate Lord Henry Wotton are good and provide the main structure for the story. It does run close to becoming a melodrama in places but this is for the most part avoided.

The representation of the portrait and its hold and power over Dorian is cleverly achieved and I don’t wish to explain how this is undertaken and spoil the experience and effect for others. The first tragedy Dorian faces, the death of a lover Sybil, was for me a little underwhelming and felt underplayed when you consider its pivotal role. There’s also one boxing seen that is unconvincing due to its poor choreography and execution.

Later in the play scenes of Dorian’s debauchery and downfall are stylistically portrayed on the stage, this is beautifully done without falling into lurid and distracting detail. It’s a good show, which uses imaginative and creative ideas to bring Wilde’s story to life. It’s well worth watching and enjoying this fascinating production.

Delivered Online
Available anytime.
Suitability: 14+y
Tickets: £ Pay What You Can