The Picture Of Dory Ann Gray         Ed Hartland


Fame, fortune and social media followers in their millions. Who wouldn’t want that? It seems that this dream is about to come true for young Dory Ann Gray when she is invited to a photo shoot with the famous photographer and artist Basil Hallward. Creating a stunningly beautiful online sculpture from her pictures, Basil helps Dory Ann become the most admired and powerful influencer on the internet. But how long will her luck last? How long before age and exhaustion will start marring Dory Ann’s beauty? Surely, youth is the only thing worth having – eternal youth. Luckily for Dory Ann, nothing is easier to create in our digital age than the illusion of eternal youth and beauty. But at what cost?

130 years ago, Oscar Wilde first published his classic novel THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, in which a young man sells his soul to the devil in return for eternal youth. The English Drama Group’s own playwright in residence Ed Hartland has reimagined this tale about human kind’s narcissistic obsession with appearances for the 21st century. Come and take a look behind the spotless, shining façade of the Business Development Center in Heidelberg’s clean and modern Bahnstadt district and experience at first hand how the appearances of the online world and the harsh realities of our physical existence fight over our souls.

A site-specific promenade theatre production in English. Suitable for persons aged 12 or older.

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