19th June 2018
Writing: George Corby (Year 12)
Photography: Nimax Theatres
Editing: Cameron Robey (Year 12)
Last Tuesday, Culture Club embarked on their fourth excursion this year to see Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. A tale of deceit, corruption and blackmail, we knew we were in for a treat - and were especially excited as this is the first play Culture Club has seen this season.
The opening scene introduced the protagonist MP Sir Robert Chiltern at a dinner party at his house, as well as his friend Lord Goring. Before long, it becomes very apparent that Chiltern’s entire career, however noble it may have been, had an ultimate root of corruption that Goring has to help him conceal when he is exposed to blackmail from a former lover.
Although at heart a simple plot, Wilde used the play to superbly criticise corruption. His line 'sooner or later, we shall all have to pay for what we do' acted as a poignant warning before the third and fourth acts, where Chiltern’s life constantly seemed to be on the verge of collapse. Despite this, perhaps surprisingly, by the end of the play the loyalty of Chiltern’s friends saved him, and everyone lived happily ever after, with various subplots being fulfilled, such as Lord Goring finding a wife.
Set in the late 1800s, it was fascinating to see how the messages of a pre-world war era play could so easily be transferred to today - it was strangely reminiscent of numerous governmental scandals of today.
Undoubtedly, we wouldn’t have access to this kind of fantastic experience without the hard work of Mrs Ashton to organise the club, so thanks must be given to her for arranging yet another fantastic evening.