May 30-June 10, 2018
14 Acland Street
Director: Stephen Nicolazzo
Set and Costume Design:
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design and Composition: Daniel Nixon
Producer: Little Ones Theatre
Jennifer Vuletic, Brigid Gallacher, Yuchen Wang
Theatre Works and Little Ones Theatre
A lush gothic fable, The Nightingale and The Rose, explores the beauty of love, art, creation, and song from the perspective of an effervescent nightingale who hears the longing cries of a young student desperate to find a red rose to give to his sweetheart.
On her quest to retrieve the red rose for the lovesick student, the nightingale is confronted with a haunting decision that will shake her and the very universe to its core, her life and voice for a red rose, or eternal heartbreak.
Told through a highly stylised, visual, and queer aesthetic, Little Ones Theatre’s exploration of Oscar Wilde’s most bewitching and melancholic fairy tale will unpack the adult longing laced within Wilde’s poetic prose, highlighting idealistic and cynical perspectives of love with all his decadent symbolism, sweeping romanticism and biting wit.
Queer, visual, and fierce, this new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE, devised by Little Ones Theatre, will be an ambitious follow up to our 2017 production, The Happy Prince, and the second part of a trilogy of stirring adult re-tellings of Oscar Wilde’s most bewitching children’s stories.
Featuring the tour de force Jennifer Vuletic (Mercilesss Gods) as the Nightingale, Brigid Gallacher (Merciless Gods, Dangerous Liaisons, Dracula) and Yuchen Wang (Little Emperors), Little Ones Theatre’s newest ode to Oscar Wilde is not to be missed.
“Queer theatre outfit Little Ones is a leading light on Melbourne’s indie scene. These artists thrive on the playful artifice and subversive humour associated with “camp”, but also expand its ambit through meticulous rigour and, more recently, the fullest kind of emotional palette.”
Cameron Woodhead, The Age