Read were excerpts from the Queensbury trails (the libel case of Oscar Wilde versus Lord Queensbury), taken from the trial-transcript by Merlin Holland. The chosen fragments gave a very good impression of the whole : starting off with the literary discussion of Oscar's work, and whether or not art has a moral, to the Camelion journal and its dubious, "homosexual" content, to Oscar's personal affairs with Taylor and his rentboys. Oscar was portrayed excellently by German actor Marcus Kiepe, the relentless Carson by Ulrich Noethen. Oscar played the jury and the audience with his charm and wit and shook off Carson's aquisations easily, until he got overconfident and was ensnared in his own words- the surprise and indignation over ending up being the accused, eventhough the trial was against Queensbury, was evident from his later answers and the intonation of the actor. It was painfully clear that Carson did a very good job in the defence of Lord Queenbury- so good, that it ensued two more trials: Oscar was later prosecuted and sent to jail.
The discussion that followed with Merlin Holland was less interesting. Although he is a charming man who patiently listens to others before giving very well-comtemplated answers in good German, the "discussion" consisted mostly out of persons from the audience who wanted to "share" their opinion of Wilde. A young man claimed that Oscar sacrificed himself for the benefit of homosexuals in England, by setting an example - Mr Holland refuted this vehemently, saying that his grandfather had always stated to only care for his art, and not for 'the greater good of homosexual England'. As much as the gay-communities wish to martyr him, this is simply not correct. As Mr Holland said, Oscar was so convinced of his own genius and intangibility, and possibly, so willing to give into every whim of Bosie Douglas, that he sued Lord Queensbury, and did not do so to sacrifice himself - he was simply convinced he would win. After this non-discussion, Mr Holland patiently signed copies of the Wilde Album (including mine *squee!*). I wish I had more time to talk to him, but it was simply too crowded, so I told him it had been a very interesting morning, thanked him, and left.
Thusfar, Oscar :)