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
Photographer: Pia Johnson
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.
★★★★ “Director Stephen Nicolazzo has constructed an exquisite ode to Romanticism in this adaptation, as detailed and precise as anything he’s put on stage before. These adaptations by Little Ones of Wilde’s stories for children are minor gems, perfect distillations of form and content. Their queerness is inherent…The true essence of their queerness doesn’t really lie in gender or even sexuality; it’s in an idea of otherness as something incredibly fragile and worthy of protection or elevation. They intrinsically point to the author’s nature, and Nicolazzo is the ideal theatre maker to bring them, quivering and beautiful, back into the light.” Tim Byrne, Time Out
★★★★ “The ingredients that make up this production are a recipe for brilliance. I was captivated. Keeps your mind ticking over. A must.” Liddy Clark, Stage Noise
“The alto-voiced Brigid Gallacher is deliciously androgynous. Jennifer Vuletic plays the nightingale with claw hands and coloratura. Her performance is a feast. Original and true to the writer that inspired it” Chris Boyd, The Australian
“Distilling Wilde’s dark parable into a seamless 45 minutes, The Nightingale and The Rose rides high on Eugyeene Teh’s stylish design, and on magnetic, savagely beautiful performance that flows into moments of amusing camp. No doubt Oscar would have approved.” Cameron Woodhead, The Age
“Vuletic floats around the stage as though walking on air…piercing the soul with an a cappella rendition of Puccini’s Vissi d’arte. Gallacher brings an affectingly androgynous charm. Wang displays a dancer’s sensual poise and grace. Little Ones Theatre capture the bittersweet and painfully beautiful nature of Oscar Wilde’s tale with great artistry and passion for the text…so as the company plans ahead for an adaptation of a third story in the future, we can only hope for more!” Bradley Storer, Theatre Press
“This production is sexy, witty and haunting and will have you pondering what price you would pay for true love.” Faith Sinnott, Be Melbourne