THE HAPPY PRINCE
By Little Ones Theatre after Oscar Wilde, Presented by La Mama and Midsumma Festival, 2017 and Griffin Theatre Company, 2019.
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.
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 was the company’s first collaboration with the iconic La Mama Theatre and their second investigation of Oscar Wilde’s devious poetics.
The Happy Prince was presented as part of the 2017 Midsumma Festival for La Mama, January 18th-29th to a sold out season and critical acclaim. It was also nominated for five Green Room Awards in 2018 including: Best Production, Best Director, Best Set and Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Sound Design. It won two Green Room Awards: Best Director and Best Set and Costume Design.
With: Janine Watson and Catherine Văn-Davies
Director: Stephen Nicolazzo
Set and Costume Design: Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design: Daniel Nixon
Producer: Jo Porter