The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Between 1895 and 1897 Oscar Wilde served a prison sentence for offences “of gross indecency”. Most of this time was spent at Reading Gaol, where Wilde encountered another prisoner, Harles Thomas Wooldridge, a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards, who had been sentenced to death for the murder of his wife. Wooldrige was hanged at…

A Christmas Collection

A collection of Christmas radio plays by Mike Murphy Six heartwarming tales celebrating the festive season performed by members of The Online Stage. Featuring the voices of John Burlinson, Joe Tabler, Elizabeth Chambers, David Prickett, Michele Eaton, Brett Downey, Leanne Yau, Tovarisch, Rebecca Thomas, Becca Maggie, K. G.Cross, Ben Lindsey-Clark, Jeff Moon, Denis Daly, Libby…

From Rome to Rationalism

It is said that there is no-one more zealous in a cause than an adult convert. A notable example of this was Joseph McCabe, whose conversion was not to a religion, but from religious faith to secularism. Ordained as a Franciscan priest in 1890, and later recognized by the Catholic Church as an able scholar…

Hamlet

The Online Stage presents Shakespeare’s most famous and most quoted play, a revenge drama which explores the inevitable conflict between conscience and justice, between morality and obligation. The tragedy arises, not from an obvious weakness in the character of Hamlet, but rather from his inability to deal with an apparently insoluble moral dilemma. The role…

The Last of the Plainsmen

Zane Grey’s first western story, written in 1909, is based on a real character, Buffalo Jones. Grey’s descriptive art was just beginning in this story. But he brings color and life to the area between the Grand Canyon and Utah. The story follows Grey, Jones, and a company of colorful characters on a “hunt” bent…

Oliver Twist

The story of the orphan, Oliver Twist. Brought up in a workhouse and then apprenticed to an undertaker, he runs away to London. Meeting the charismatic “Artful” Dodger, he then falls in with a gang of backstreet pickpockets run by the sinister Fagin. Oliver Twist is Charles Dickens’ second novel, originally serialized in Bentley’s Miscellany…

A Kidnapped Santa Claus

Santa Claus lives in the Laughing Valley, where he works throughout the year to make the wonderful toys he delivers on Christmas Eve to his beloved children all over the world. Everyone loves good old Santa Claus – well, everyone but the denizens of the Cave of Daemons, who, after many years of despising the…

The Time Is Not Yet Ripe

Louis Esson is considered to be the first great Australian dramatist. The political comedy The Time is Not Yet Ripe was first produced in 1912 and is one of his best known works. Doris, daughter of the incumbent prime minister, Sir Joseph Quiverton, has news for her father – she has just become engaged. Much…

New Grub Street

New Grub Street (1891) has the reputation of being George Gissing’s finest novel. With bitter humour and grim realism, it tells the story of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of men and women struggling to earn their living as writers in the closing years of the Victorian era. Jasper Milvain is a young writer of…

Alias Billy the Kid

Was Billy the Kid really shot to death by Sheriff Pat Garrett on a July night in 1881? At the midpoint of the last century, an old man comes forth seeking a pardon for crimes committed. He says that he wants to die a free man – and that he is Billy the Kid. The…