The Young King
PART OF FAMILY FIESTA: WEEKEND OF EVENTS.
By Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom.
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.
Outstanding performance, music, lighting and design enhance the storytelling and make it an engaging family show with depth.
Recommended age: 8+ years.
‘Expect pass-the-parcel, audience participation and role-playing, but there is nothing juvenile about this production. The attention to detail is phenomenal… The Young King is charming, majestic and utterly delightful.’
Slingsby is supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.