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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | March 8, 2021

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Step inside the world of Oscar Wilde with The Young Prince

Step inside the world of Oscar Wilde with The Young Prince
Kaylee Randall

Presented by Adelaide-based theatre company Slingsby, The Young Prince bursts from the imagination of Oscar Wilde to the Brisbane stage at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre from 23 to 27 July.

The story of The Young King comes from Wilde’s A House of Pomegranates and follows a young boy who was born to a princess and a poor woodland man in a union of whimsical theatre and audience participation.

Brought up deep within the forest, the boy is eventually discovered to be heir to the kingdom to everyone’s astonishment.

A must-see for young (and young at heart) audiences, the dazzling production immerses theatre-goers into a magical, ethereal world with surprises at every turn.

Directed by Slingsby Artistic Director Andy Packer and adapted by award-winning playwright Nicki Bloom, Packer said the company was thrilled to bring one of Wilde’s lesser-known masterpieces to new audiences.

“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,” said Packer.

“The story is a wonderful combination of hope, loss, death and new beginnings that will challenge the audience and encourage them to find their own path and stand their ground.”

The Young Prince stars Lachlan Barnett and Genevieve Picot with live music composed by Quincy Grant and performed by Joshua Belperio.

Known for its immersive theatrical experiences, Slingsby, co-founded by Packer in 2007, is committed to producing original theatrical works that captivate, challenge and inspire international audiences of both adults and young people alike.

Tickets are on sale now via or 136 246.


What: The Young Prince

When: July 23 to 27

Where: QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre

How Much: Refer to for current pricing.

Anything Else: Check out Slingsby’s website here.

Image credit: Andy Rasheed