THE YOUNG KING

Based on the short story by Oscar Wilde

Adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

Produced by Slingsby

From Adelaide, Australia

Resources
About the Company

DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT ONLY

This digital engagement includes 2 weeks of unlimited access to a password-protected prerecorded video link hosted on Vimeo.

 

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 Young King is a coming of age story that grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion. The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally-acclaimed theatre company Slingsby, as we journey to far away lands replete with rich rewards and challenging choices.



A 2016 Helpmann Award Nominee for Best Presentation for Children & 2017 VICTOR AWARD WINNER , The Official People's Choice Award at IPAY!

Best for Grades: 3rd + up

Performance length 65 minutes.

Contact us to watch the full length performance.

Sample Study Guides

 

Curriculum Connections

 
  • Fine Arts: Theater, Music, Production Design, and Adapting a Play from a Novella

  • Language Arts: Symbolism, Narrative, Reading, Comprehension, Writing, Vocabulary

  • Emotional/Social Development: Compassion, Empathy, Ethical Behavior, Integrity, Coming of Age, Resiliency, Independence, Friendship, Leadership, and Teamwork

 

Additional Remote Outreach and Workshops 

Please contact us if additional remote outreach or workshops is something you'd like to explore.

Possible options could include:
– Live or Prerecorded  Q&A with the Director and an artist

Digital Tech Specs

 

This performance is available as a prerecorded link hosted on password protected Vimeo site (managed by HAA). Each site will be made specific to the presenting venue with the following possible models.
 

A Standard Educational Engagement includes:

  • 2 weeks of Unlimited Educational Access for Schools (within 60 miles of Venue). 

  • A custom password protected link with full pre-recorded high quality video, hosted on Vimeo

  • Ability to add your venue’s logo and custom welcome greeting

  • Ability to add a presenter-recorded Curtain Speech video

  • A sample study guide (pdf)

  • Additional activities such as live online workshops, masterclasses, etc... available for separate fee with scheduling TBD mutually

 

For some shows, an Extended Educational Digital Engagement may also be available. This provides the same access and basic resources as a standard engagement but with 5 videos of 15-20ish minutes. The performance video is split into "chapters" PLUS additional resources created by the company. Perfect for viewing over multiple days or sessions and expanding the context or curriculum connections around the show.

 

A Public Family Engagement includes:

  • 1 weekend of Access for Public Audiences (within 60 miles of Venue)

  • A custom password protected link with full pre-recorded high quality video, hosted on Vimeo

  • Ability to add your venue’s logo to Vimeo Page

  • Customized Greeting from Company on Vimeo Page

  • Ability to add a presenter-recorded Curtain Speech video to Vimeo Page

  • A sample study guide (pdf)

  • Additional activities such as live online workshops, masterclasses, etc... available for separate fee with scheduling TBD mutually
     

Please talk to us if you are looking to serve both school and family audiences with this digital presentation and we can combine models for the appropriate access.

 

Artistic Team

Performer: Tim Overton
Performer: Jacqy Phillips
Composer & Musician: Quincy Grant
Playwright: Nicki Bloom
Director: Andy Packer
Designer: Wendy Todd
Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Production Manager/Stage Manager: Roland Partis
Technical Manager/Operator: Mark Oakley

Illustrator & Graphic Designer: Andy Ellis 

Education Advisor:  Hannah McCarthy-Oliver

Marketing Manager: Dani Raymond
Public Relations: Hughes PR

Executive Producer: Jodi Glass 

 

Critical Acclaim

“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)


A 2016 Helpmann Award Nominee for Best Presentation for Children & 2017 VICTOR AWARD WINNER , The Official People's Choice Award at IPAY!

 

COMPANY BACKGROUND

Past Tours: The Young King, The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy

 

Co-founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Andy Packer, Slingsby is an Adelaide based company that produces and tours original theatre that captivates, challenges and inspires international audiences of adults and young people. In ten years Slingsby has produced and premiered seven original productions and won 14 industry awards. We have an outstanding international reputation as artistic leaders, with performances in 83 venues in 57 cities across ten countries and growing.

 

Slingsby is acclaimed for its sophisticated aesthetic and complex emotional storytelling. We focus on sharing timeless, other-worldly stories of loss, hope and wonder, helping audience members find empathy for those around them and resilience in their own situations. Audiences are emotionally challenged, yet ultimately reminded of the wonders of life and infinite possibility of the universe.

 

In the ten years since founding in September 2007, Slingsby has:

  • Premiered 8 original productions including Songs for Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas, Emil and the Detectives, The Young King, an opera for families Ode To Nonsense, Man Covets Bird and The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy
     

  • Performed in 83 venues in 57 cities on 5 continents, including a two-week sell-out of The Young King on 42nd Street in New York and seasons in Madrid, Singapore, Canada, Edinburgh, Ireland, England, Norway, New Zealand, the Sydney Opera House, all of Australia’s mainland capitals and 11 regional South Australian towns.
     

  • Won 13 industry awards including two Ruby Awards and a Business SA Export Award.
     

  • Won the 2018 Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children with Emil and the Detectives.

 

For more information, please visit the company’s website.

 

GALLERY OF PAST PRODUCTIONS

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