A warm welcome to all visitors to the website and I hope you enjoy the contents. Although there are many posts to come, over the weeks it has been continuously expanding.
The main project so far has been the weekly retrospective travel-blog entitled
This is the story of the perambulations of a one-man OSCAR WILDE show around the world over a 25 year period. The first post began on June 6th 2017 and will continue on every succeeding Tuesday into the foreseeable future.
The first reports came from 1993 Prague and have continued with Arabia, Hong Kong, and Europe. Later posts will include Ireland, Western Europe, the Americas, Africa, and India.
For anybody interested, be warned that you are in for the long haul – no less than 115 episodes in all. If you miss a post, don’t worry – it will remain online. The posts can be found in order of publishing in the right hand column of most pages. Otherwise just go to the top of this page and click on ‘Cider with Bosie’.
‘REVIEWS AND VENUES’
This page consists unsurprisingly of a collection of international review quotes and a list of the major previous show venues.
‘TITLEY ON FILM’
This page highlights two U-Tube films of Neil Titley’s Wilde performance.
The first is of a costume rehearsal of the theatre show of ‘Work is the Curse of the Drinking Classes’ in 1984.
The second is called ‘Introducing Mr Wilde’ and contains the talk about Wilde including much of ‘Work is the Curse’. This was filmed in 2015 at a very distinctive show venue, namely the farmyard attached to a vineyard in rural Uruguay. It was a difficult place to play and the result mirrors this. It may be of some amusement however.
‘THE OSCAR WILDE WORLD OF GOSSIP’
This page is an introductory extract from Neil Titley’s book of the same name subtitled:
‘A Subversive Encyclopaedia of Victorian Anecdote’.
“The book is a hilarious collection of comic pen-portraits of Wilde’s 300 friends and enemies, linked by brief notes on his classic life story. They include an international cast of theatricals, revolutionaries, barristers, prostitutes, American frontiersmen, politicians, mystics, writers, soldiers, pornographers, diplomats, adventurers, and confidence tricksters. Simultaneously a ‘dip-in’ reference book and a continuous narrative, it is an exuberant compendium of malicious rumour, salacious detail, and backstabbing one-liners. It is also the funniest book ever written about the Age of Wilde.” (The book blurb – and reasonably honest as well.)
To be published shortly
‘THE G.B. SHAW PAPERS’
A further major addition to the site concerns the life and work of Wilde’s great contemporary and countryman, George Bernard Shaw. It consists of a TV film of Neil Titley’s play ‘Shaw’s Corner’ (starring Dermot Walsh), together with both an extended and an abridged version of the script – plus three major essays covering Shaw’s views on his life, his economic theory, and his music criticism – plus a collection of GBS’s quotes. It is a treasure trove of Shavian material.
Future pages will contain other plays by Neil Titley – mainly monologues on Brendan Behan, Oliver St John Gogarty, Mrs Patrick Campbell, Dylan Thomas, Flann O’Brien, and the Comte de Gramont.
[For anyone interested in other writings by Neil Titley, why not try googling ‘Under Ken Wood’ – his affectionate and funny account of the life and death of a London pub.]
Thanks as ever to Jason Bevan for his expertise and patience in over-seeing this website.
‘INTRODUCING MR OSCAR WILDE’
Neil Titley has been involved for over 35 years in writing, acting, and directing solo shows, in particular his well-known performance as Oscar Wilde.
This show has been performed in hundreds of venues across the world, including the USA, India, Hong Kong, Uruguay, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Ethiopia and most recently, in 2017, Canada.
He also published a book on Wilde called ‘The Oscar Wilde World of Gossip’, and his play on GB Shaw ‘Shaw’s Corner’ was televised in over 20 countries.
A version of his Wilde play, under franchise to the American actor Johnson Flucker, won the award as ‘Best Period Piece’ at the prestigious United Solo Theatre Festival in New York in 2015.
Although his own theatre show has now ended, Titley still performs a version of the script in a ‘Dramatized Reading’.
This consists of an introduction, the monologue itself, some comic descriptions of life on the theatrical road, and a ‘Question/Answer’ session. (It lasts very roughly for an hour.)
The talk can be given in virtually any performance space and needs no special production other than a lapel microphone (if necessary).
If you are interested, please contact through the channels below and we will be delighted to receive your communication and advise you on further details.
Website: www.wildetheatre.co.uk. or google ‘Oscar Wilde Neil Titley’
Neil J Titley
2017 – CIDER WITH BOSIE
June 6: Introduction to ‘Cider with Bosie’
June 6: 1st PRAGUE The Nuns and the Russian Army
June 13: 2nd Prague Svejk and the Prostitutes
June 20: 3rd Prague A Very Guided Tour
June 27: 4th Prague Capitalism and Hangovers
July 4: 1st BAHRAIN Rebellions and Camels
July 11: 2nd Bahrain Arabian Rotary
July 18: 3rd Bahrain Deserts and Dancers
July 25: 4th Bahrain The Souk and Some Trouble
Aug 1: 1st Jordan El Glubb and More Trouble
Aug 8: 2nd Jordan Luxury and Bagpipes
Aug 15: 1st BRITANNIA A Stoker in New York
Aug 22: 2nd Britannia The King of Spain
Aug 29: 3rd Britannia Meeting and Greeting
Sept 5: 1st N. Carolina Stranded in Arcadia
Sept 12: 2nd N.Carolina Defending Yurp
Sept 19: 3rd N. Carolina An Amplified Disaster
Sept 26: 1st HONG KONG Morgues and Dragons
Oct 3: 2nd Hong Kong The Eric Clapton Buddha
Oct 10: 3rd Hong Kong Drink and Retribution
Oct 17: 4th Hong Kong Feminism and Topless Darts
Oct 24: 5th Hong Kong Macau and the Red Border
Oct 31: 6th Hong Kong Scholastic Subversion
Nov 7: GERMANY Grey Pride in Hamburg
Nov 14: ITALY Lake Maggie O’Reilly
Posts to come
Nov 21: 1st BOSTON, USA Declaring My ….. Salami
Nov 28: 2nd Boston, USA Troy Meets Cheech
Dec 5: 3rd Boston, USA Oscar Plays Walden Pond
Dec 12: 1st ICELAND Gods and Geysers
Dec 19: 2nd Iceland Lost in the Lava
Dec 26: ANTIBES A Stage-Struck Cat
Jan 2: 1st HOLLAND Dykes and Bikes
Jan 9: 2nd Holland The Dutch Alps
Jan 16: 1st INDIA Polo and the Princess
Jan 23: 2nd India Blowing the Kharma
Jan 30: 3rd India Cometh the Media
Feb 6: 4th India The Trunk Road
Feb 13: 5th India On the (Taj) Road
Feb 20: 6th India Fighting the Monkey Menace
Feb 27: 7th India The Church at Scandal Point
Mar 6: 1st CALIFORNIA Proper Tea in the Sierras
Mar 1: 2nd California Cannibals and Gun Laws
Mar 20: 3rd California Hotel California
Mar 27: 1st ETHIOPIA Hire Taxi, Hire Shotgun
Apr 3: 2nd Ethiopia The Karamara Club
Apr 10: 3rd Ethiopia The Cross and the Umbrella
Apr 17: 4th Ethiopia The Laureate of Ethiopia
Apr 24: 5th Ethiopia Meeting the Mahdi
May 1: 6th Ethiopia Shoe-Shining
May 8: 1st DIXIE 1st Charleston South of Broad
May 15: 2nd Dixie. 2nd Charleston ‘His Foot Too Short’
May 22: 3rd Dixie. Richmond The Dictator of London
May 29: 4th Dixie. Columbia Arrival of the Lord
June 5: 5th Dixie. Salisbury The Vale of Humility
June 12: 6th Dixie. Chattanooga The Choo Choo Town
June 19: 7th Dixie. Birmingham Bishop Parsley
June 26: 8th Dixie. Montgomery When Gatsby Met Daisy
July 3: 9th Dixie. Sewanee The Tennessee Balliol
July 10: 10th Dixie. Atlanta Frankly, My Dear
July 17: 1st ZIMBABWE The Lost Tribe of Surrey
July 24: 2nd Zimbabwe Black Mambas and Other Guests
July 31: 3rd Zimbabwe The Colossus of Roedean
Aug 7: 4th Zimbabwe The Banning of Fred Selous
Aug 14: 5th Zimbabwe Last Night in Bulawayo
Aug 21: 6th Zimbabwe Visiting the British Council
Aug 28: 7th Zimbabwe The Servant Problem
Sept 4: 8th Zimbabwe Mugabe’s Revenge
Sept 11: 9th Zimbabwe The Nightmare Review
Sept 18: 1st BELIZE Tyrone and the Grandmaster
Sept 25: 2nd Belize Bad Reviews and Crocodiles
Oct 2: 3rd Belize/Mexico Spaghetti Westerns and Trotsky
Oct 9: 1st URUGUAY Five Monuments and a Horse Trough
Oct 16: 2nd Uruguay The White Minstrel Show
Oct 23: 3rd Uruguay/Argentina Last Tango in Harrods
Oct 30: 4th Uruguay Rodney and the Hecklers
Nov 6: 5th Uruguay Rock Cake at the Embassy
Nov 13: 1st CANADA A Three Dog Night and a Fun P.M.
Nov 20: 2nd Canada Oscar’s Canadian Friends
Nov 27: 3rd Canada The Battle of Niagara
Dec 4: 4th Canada Wilde on Wheels
Dec 11: 5th Canada The Prairie Troubadour
Dec 18: 6th Canada Crowfoot’s Condition
Dec 25: 7th Canada Gassy Jack and a Gentle Thrill
Jan 1: 8th Canada Stopping by Woods
Jan 8: 1st IRELAND 1st London A Lunatic Bet
Jan 15: 2nd Ireland. 2nd London Getting Sorted
Jan 22: 3rd Ireland. 1st Letterkenny Taking the Derry Air
Jan 29: 4th Ireland. 2nd Letterkenny Mascara in Ulster
Feb 5: 5th Ireland. Donegal Donegal Danny Boy
Feb 12: 6th Ireland. 1st Westport Pooh Sticks and St Patrick
Feb 19: 7th Ireland. 2nd Westport The Co Mayo Football Flag
Feb 26: 8th Ireland. Ballina The Moonlight and the Horse
Mar 5: 9th Ireland. Galway Hangover Central
Mar 12: 10th Ireland. Aran Islands On a Western Shore
Mar 19: 11th Ireland. 1st Listowel From Clare to There
Mar 26: 12th Ireland. 2nd Listowel Meeting a Legend
Apr 2: 13th Ireland. Dingle Boozers’ Pockets
Apr 9: 14th Ireland. 1st Killorglin When the Rains Came
Apr 16: 15th Ireland. 2nd Killorglin Enter Cliff Richard
Apr 23: 16th Ireland. Skibbereen Goodnight Irene
Apr 30: 17th Ireland. 1st Crosshaven Andrea and the Yeats Room
May 7: 18th Ireland. 2nd Crosshaven Tea and Symphony
May 14: 19th Ireland. 1st Dungarvan Miss Haversham and Smike
May 21: 20th Ireland. 2nd Dungarvan The Fishing Party
May 28: 21st Ireland. Waterford The Hostel from Hell
June 4: 22nd Ireland. 1st Wexford Perfect Moment
June 11: 23rd Ireland. 2nd Wexford Double O Moore
June 18: 24th Ireland. Enniscorthy A Fleadh Survivor
June 25: 25th Ireland. Gorey War with the Orphans
July 2: 26th Ireland. Wicklow Driving the Taoiseach
July 9: 27th Ireland. 1st Glendalough Saints and Sadism
July 16: 28th Ireland. 2nd Glendalough Wilde’s Socks
July 23: 29th Ireland. Moyvally Happy Daze
July 30: 30th Ireland. 1st Dublin My Dinner with Anecdote
Aug 6: 31st Ireland. 2nd Dublin The Fag on the Crag
Aug 13: 32nd Ireland. 3rd Dublin Slainte!