OSCAR Wilde’s most popular novel was brought to life by the European Arts Company.
The philosophical story centres around the rich, young and handsome Dorian Gray, played by Guy Warren Thomas, and his portrait painted by his friend Basil.
The artist creates an incredible likeness of his beloved muse and is distressed when Lord Henry, played by Gwynfor Jones, comes to share his ideas on life and beauty with an impressionable Dorian.
Warren-Thomas plays the subtle changes in the character’s personality perfectly as he becomes more intent in pursuing the highest pleasures in life while maintaining his adored appearance.
Jones provided a much-needed comedic lift in the otherwise Gothic story with witty remarks. They were delivered with ideal timing, leaving the audience chuckling on many occasions throughout.
Rupert Mason and Helen Keeley gave convincing performances of several characters including Basil and Sybil Vane, Dorian’s love interest, ensuring there was no confusion by their reappearance. Both were able to use different accents and mannerisms to clearly convey the characters they were each time they took to the stage.
While the first half set the scene for the story the second half offered a more dramatic feel to what first appears to be a simple period themed play.
Overall, this was a powerful evening of entertainment – this production was far from Gray.