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The Happy Prince

From Melbourne's Little Ones Theatre, an ode to romance in torturous and unforgiving times.

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The Happy Prince

Date: 18 May 2019

Told as a contemporary love story with hints of the macabre, The Happy Prince is an ode to romance in torturous and unforgiving times.

Directed by Stephen Nicolazzo and brought to life by Catherine Davies and Janine Watson, Little Ones Theatre’s award winning The Happy Prince is a darkly romantic fairy tale for adults mixed with high impact visual theatre that transposes Oscar Wilde’s classic moral and social allegory of Victorian oppression into the world of contemporary homosexual iconography to explore a sensual and adult relationship between two women caught in a morally corrupt society.

Memorialised in living death as a statue hovering over a gloomy town square, the Happy Prince convinces a rebellious Swallow to deliver jewels to the poor, artists, and the young to satiate their desire to do good and make a small impact on the lives of others.

As the winter grows colder and circumstances make this budding romance more difficult to sustain, the two bleeding hearts find themselves broken and alone, questioning the cost of self-sacrifice and its usefulness in a cynical world.

The Happy Prince played to a sold out season at La Mama as part of the 2017 Midsumma Festival and featured in the best of theatre list in Melbourne’s The Age.

The show received five Green Room Award nominations in 2018 including: Best Production, Best Director (Nicolazzo), Best Set and Costume Design (Eugyeene Teh), Best Lighting Design (Katie Sfetkidis) and Best Sound Design (Daniel Nixon).

It won the Green Room Award for Best Director and Best Set and Costume Design.

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