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The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant are probably the best loved and most enduringly popular of all Oscar Wilde’s stories. The former is the bittersweet tale of a gregarious swallow who befriends a melancholy statue while en route to Egypt. The bird helps the Prince to alleviate the suffering of his poor citizens and in doing so learns profound truths about the nature of love and suffering. Michael James Ford’s highly energised and physical performance has been acclaimed as a virtuoso piece of storytelling and has travelled widely.

The Happy Prince is now paired with a new production of The Selfish Giant devised and performed by well-known actress Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Michael James Ford and three endearing puppet children, created by master puppeteer, Martin Cahill. Together they inhabit Wilde’s wonderful fairytale in which a grumpy giant is changed forever through the innocence and friendship of children.

Both stories are underscored with haunting live violin music arranged and performed by Philip Dodd and adapted from the orchestral works of Sergei Prokofiev and Camille Saint-Saëns.

‘bittersweet and delightfully witty… Michael James Ford has an enchanting style of storytelling that leaves the audience hanging on his every word.’ Sunday Tribune

Company

Bewley's Café Theatre

The Wilde Garden Adventure is the name given to this new project staging two of Oscar Wilde’s greatest stories within current Covid-19 safety regulations. Originally conceived for outdoor performance, the long established Bewley’s Café Theatre production of The Happy Prince is now joined by a brand new production of The Selfish Giant devised and performed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Michael James Ford. Working in collaboration with violinist, Philip Dodd and puppet maker, Martin Cahill, they have created a seamless double bill of Wildean storytelling for all ages that can be presented in socially distanced spaces both indoors and out.

The garden theme is central to both tales and to the Company’s desire to celebrate the green shoots of re-emergent live theatre.

Venue

Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane

Accessibility: The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Parking: There is no parking at this venue. Spanish Arch/Jury's Inn car park is a 1 minute walk from the theatre and costs €2.20 per hour. Street parking is also available nearby and costs €2 per hour.

Public Bus: The Mick Lally Theatre is an 8 minute walk from all bus stops in Eyre Square.

Walking: The Mick Lally Theatre is a 9 minute walk from the Town Hall Theatre and a 3 minute walk from the Spanish Arch.