The Nightingale And The Rose

By Oscar Wilde
May 30-June 10, 2018
Wed-Sat, 8pm
Sun, 5pm
Theatre Works
14 Acland Street
St Kilda
Director: Stephen Nicolazzo
Set and Costume Design:
Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design and Composition: Daniel Nixon
Producer: Little Ones Theatre
Jennifer Vuletic, Brigid Gallacher, Yuchen Wang
Presented by
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


★★★★½ “A ‘flawless little jewel of theatre’. Little Ones Theatre has both roles played by women. And its version hovers, with exquisite delicacy, between the soul of the fairytale and the body and breath of a lesbian love story. As with the conception and Stephen Nicolazzo’s direction, the performances are wonderfully poised and labile. They give a full measure of dignity to the story, yet draw out undertones of playfulness and sensuality, with a hint of the macabre.”
Cameron Woodhead, The Age. (on The Happy Prince)