During an apocalyptic bombing raid in London during World War II, Alfred Douglas, now a very old man, relives his relationship with Oscar Wilde, through the prism of time and conscience - with some most unexpected revelations.

'In 1983, in the Sydney Opera House, Sir Robert Helpmann starred for the Sydney Theatre Company in the world premiere of Fleming's play The Cobra. Helpmann's portrayal of the elderly Lord Alfred Douglas, reflecting bitterly on his notorious youthful relationship with Oscar Wilde, was described as unforgettable.' Wikipedia

  • drama
  • 120
  • 5 total
  • 5 male identifying
  • adolescence, lgbtqia+
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 60+ | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 3

EXTRACT: To set the record straight! Not to put too fine a point on it, to rewrite a ghastly chapter of history in accordance with ... the facts. (He drinks.) God. Half past eight. Saturday night in London. Perhaps dinner at the Cafe Royal. Scampi Oscar Wilde and Sauce Queensberry. One should always do something sensational before nine o'clock. (another drink.) Shit, what was that? A rat! A bloody rat. First a bomb blast and now a rat. (Pause.) Go on, piss off! (Pause.) What the Christ was I saying? Oh yes.Now, to open up all that again might appear madness..

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