The Young King [Melbourne]
Friday July 5, 2019 - 10:00 AM
Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts
Melbourne, Victoria 3168
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About the Show
By Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom
What kind of King would you be? A naïve boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be heir to the kingdom. Treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of Slingsby.
Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards
A naive boy raised by goat herds is discovered to be heir to a kingdom. Suddenly he can have whatever pretty objects he wants. But his childish greed breeds dark dreams with a mysterious message: if others suffer or die to make all this stuff, what kind of king will he be?
Helpmann Award-winning company Slingsby have built an international reputation for a simple but magical form of theatre that entertains children while opening their minds. The Young King is one of Oscar Wilde’s short stories that confronts thorny and quite adult philosophical issues under a ‘fairy tale’ guise. This beautiful adaptation by Nicki Bloom, directed by Andy Packer, uses fun pre-show activities and onstage interactivity
to give the kids a stake in the story and keep them thoroughly engaged.