Patricia Leventon
Lady Wilde
Lady Wilde
Courageous and strong minded, she defied her family's pro Union politics and under the name of Speranza, electrified Ireland with her passionate tirades in verse and prose against the English.

She married the brilliant eye and ear surgeon Dr William Wilde, later knighted by Queen Victoria. At one point she bravely defended him in a libel case that was the sensation of Dublin, and foreshadowed her son Oscar's trial some thirty years later.

Lady Wilde, whose talk was said to be like fireworks - 'brilliant, whimsical and flashy,' regularly held salons, to which the literary world came and over which she presided with panache.

Witty, often outrageous, with very strong feminist views, she was a most memorable woman.
Lady Wilde a one woman show compiled and researched by Patricia Leventon on the life of Speranza mother of Oscar Wilde was given its first performance in March 2010 and has toured venues and arts centres in Ireland.
"Patricia Leventon's one woman show protrays the life of Lady Wilde in an imaginative and informative style This show provides great insight about Oscars life and the influence of his mother"
Belfast Telegraph


The performance consists of two thirty minute acts, with a fifteen minute interval. It is staged in a simple black box set. For further details please click here