By Oscar Wilde
Adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom
What kind of King would you be? A naïve boy raised by goatherds turns out to be the heir to the kingdom. Untold treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally-acclaimed South Australian theatre company, Slingsby. Journey to far away lands replete with rich rewards and challenging choices.
Please arrive up to 30 minutes before the start time for IMPORTANT pre-show coronation celebrations. As part of the interactive experience you will be lead into the kingdom in small groups one at time by the royal courtiers before the show starts.
Recommendation: Ages 8+
Key image by: Andy Ellis
Production images by: Andy Rasheed, eyefood
Dates & Times:
Thursday 29 September 10:30am & 1pm (Auslan Interpreted)
Friday 30 September 10:30am (Audio Described) & 1pm
Saturday 1 October 10:30am & 1pm
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times, including performances and workshops. Riverside Theatres is not responsible for the supervision of children.
Audio Description bookings are essential.
Riverside Theatres tactile tours are disability access initiatives, particularly for people blind or vision impaired. A tactile tour of the set and costumes is available prior to the performance on Friday 30 September 9:30am. Please note, bookings for the tactile tour are essential. Please let Box Office know if you would like to participate in the tour when booking your tickets.
Slingsby is supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia and the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Federal Government’s arts funding and advisory body, Hughes Relations & Communications Counsel and PepinNini Minerals.”
Tim Overton and Jacqy Phillips with Quincy Grant
Director: Andy Packer
Playwright: Nicki Bloom
Composer: Quincy Grant
Designer: Wendy Todd
Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Production Manager: Bob Weatherly
Stage Manager: Catherine Turnbull
Technical Operator: Mark Oakley
Executive Producer: Jodi Glass
A brief synopsis The Young King by Oscar Wilde from the theatre production by Slingsby.
Download a copy of the activity book here: The Young King Activity Book
Quote from the Artistic Director
“In his tale ‘The Young King’, Oscar Wilde employs his trademark alluringly ornate language to draw us into a story that forces us to confront our notions of beauty, leadership and compassion. First published in Oscar Wilde’s A House of Pomegranates alongside the much loved ‘The Selfish Giant’ and ‘The Happy Prince’, Slingsby is thrilled to bring the lesser know ‘The Young King’ to new audiences.”
Andy Packer, Artistic Director, Slingsby
Founded in Adelaide in 2007 by Artistic Director Andy Packer and Executive Producer Jodi Glass, Slingsby produces and tours original theatre that captivates, challenges and inspires international audiences of adults and young people. The company crafts other-worldly stories of wonder, loss and hope. Slingsby premiered its debut production The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy in January 2008 at the Adelaide Festival Centre and has subsequently toured the world including a sold-out season presented by the New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street, New York. In the eight years since the company was founded, Slingsby has premiered five original productions, won 12 industry awards and performed in 68 venues in 43 cities across Australia, USA, Singapore, Spain, UK, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and Norway. Slingsby’s Man Covets Bird has its world premiere season in the 2010 Adelaide Festival, earning rave reviews and enjoying a sold-out season. Now well established as a leading international company, Slingsby is acclaimed for its sophisticated aesthetic and complex emotional storytelling.
“The attention to detail is phenomenal…The Young King is charming, majestic and utterly delightful and a beautiful jewel in the Festival crown.” Gordon Forester, Limelight (27 February 2016)
“Anyone who has been to a show by local theatre company Slingsby knows that they create magical, intelligent and whimsical theatre for audiences young and old. So it’s with high expectations that I head into their latest show, for the Adelaide Festival, Oscar Wilde’s The Young King…From the get-go, the experience is intimate and immersive…Overton shines as the young king, exuding innocence and warmth, and his more powerful scenes near the end are tear-inducing. He is joined by veteran actor Jacqy Phillips, who is mesmerising in her various roles…My expectations were not only met but exceeded by this beautiful show. I was left feeling that not only had I experienced something truly special, but that the world is a better place for having a company like Slingsby in it.” Sky Harrison, Aspire Magazine (11 March 2016)
“Beyond the immaculate work of each and every performer, everything from the music, to the props, to the artwork was, in and of itself, a work of immense beauty…It is moving, affecting storytelling that has to be experienced to be understood. A beautiful experience for all ages, The Young King offers twists and turns to a raw and beautiful end. A must-see piece of immersive theatre.” Sarah Jean, Trev (2 March 2016)
“There is every chance that this production, like others before it, will tour Australia and the world, and it deserves to. It is a Slingsby production, and that means it is suitable for the entire family, so head in for a magical tale, beautifully told.” Barry Lenny, Broadway World (29 February 2016)
“Every element of this delightful production excites the eye, stirs the mind and touches the heart.” Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle (5 March 2016)
Riverside is committed to making theatre accessible for all people. We are happy to be able to offer the following services to assist patrons.
• Wheelchairs – Riverside offers level access and space for wheelchairs in all venues. Spaces are limited, however, so booking is required. Please let the Box Office know when booking.
• Courtesy Wheelchairs – A limited number of courtesy wheelchairs (standard manual wheelchairs) are available for loan if required.
• Accessible Toilets
• Parking – Limited paid parking is available at the venue for patrons with a current disability parking permit. Please note, there is a $5 fee for parking and pre-booking is essential, as there are limited spaces available.
• Guide Dogs or any animals trained to assist people with disabilities are welcome. Please let the Box Office know when booking.
• Hearing Assistance – Riverside has installed new state-of-the-art hearing systems in all three theatres to assist patrons who are hearing impaired. Please let Box Office know when booking.
• National Relay Service – Users who are deaf or who have a hearing impairment can call (at no cost) through the National Relay Service TTY users phone 13 36 77, then ask for 8839 3399. Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech relay) users phone 1300 555 727, then ask for 8839 3399. Internet relay users connect NRS (www.relayservice.com.au) and then ask for 8839 3399.
• NSW Companion Card – Recognised for all performances held at Riverside Theatres.