La Mama Theatre
January 18- 29, 2017
Director: Stephen Nicolazzo
Set and Costume Design: Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design: Daniel Nixon
Producer: Jo Porter
Stage Manager: Jacinta Anderson
Assistant Director: Paul Blenheim
Assistant Stage Manager:
Design Assistant: James Lew
Janine Watson and
Presented by La Mama, Little Ones Theatre and Midsumma Festival
Little Ones Theatre, purveyors of high camp, take on Oscar Wilde’s darkly romantic fairytale.
An 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 homosexual iconography.
The Happy Prince played to a sold out season at La Mama as part of the 2017 Midsumma Festival and added several shows due to high demand. It was critically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike and marked a new direction for Little Ones Theatre.
The Happy Prince received 5 Green Room Award nominations in 2018 including: Best Production, Best Director (Stephen 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.
Featured in: The Age’s Best of Melbourne Theatre 2017, My Melbourne Arts Top 10- Best Shows of 2017, and Sometimes Melbourne’s What Melbourne Loved yearly round up.