THE HAPPY PRINCE
Little Ones Theatre, purveyors of high camp, take on Oscar Wilde’s darkly romantic fairytale
Little Ones Theatre presents a new theatrical work based on Oscar Wilde’s iconic fairy tale, The Happy Prince. Created especially for the 2017 Midsumma Festival, this adults-only parable of a selfless swallow and a golden statue reveals the betrayal inherent in perceptions of gender, beauty, sex, and class.
“As he is no longer beautiful he is no longer useful”
Memorialised in living death as a golden statue, a happy prince convinces a swallow to deliver jewels to the poor until, eventually, each of their hearts is broken. Little Ones Theatre transposes this moral and social allegory of Victorian oppression into the world of contemporary homo-sexual iconography.
Inspired by Kenneth Anger’s films Scorpio Rising and Rabbit’s Moon, performers Catherine Davies and Janine Watson will explore the joy and complexities of sexuality and gender inherent in the children’s literature of Oscar Wilde.
Presented by Little Ones Theatre, whose gender-bent queer re-imaginings of Psycho Beach Party (Midsumma 2013), Dangerous Liaisons (Melbourne Theatre Company Neon) and Dracula (Theatre Works), have brought positive representations of sexuality to audiences all over the country, The Happy Prince will be the company’s first collaboration with the iconic La Mama Theatre and their second investigation of Oscar Wilde’s devious poetics.
Directed by Stephen Nicolazzo
With Janine Watson and Catherine Davies
Set and Costume Design by Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design by Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design by Daniel Nixon
Producer by Jo Porter
Stage Manager by Bron Belcher
Assistant Director by Paul Blenheim
If La Mama ticket allocation is exhausted for your chosen session please visit Midsumma as they may have some tickets remaining for purchase.
Part of the 2017 Midsumma Festival