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THE HAPPY PRINCE
Written by Oscar Wilde
Performed by Michael James Ford
Music arranged and performed by Philip Dodd/Denice Doyle
Directed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
Designed by Jack Kirwan
Michael James Ford’s acclaimed performance of The Happy Prince has played several sell-out runs in Bewley’s Café Theatre and has travelled widely throughout Ireland. It has also toured to France, Finland, Egypt and the USA.
This masterful piece of storytelling is accompanied by a haunting new score
The Happy Prince is perhaps the best loved and most enduringly popular of all Oscar Wilde’s stories. It 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.
THE SELFISH GIANT
The Happy Prince is paired with a new production of The Selfish Giant, Wilde’s delightful exploration of selfishness, love and redemption. Michael James Ford co-stars with well-known actress Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, along with three enchanting puppet children, created by Martin ‘Gepetto’ Cahill. Live music by Philip Dodd/Denice Doyle
"As leaps of the imagination go, this one is effortlessly propelled" _Sunday Times
"…a shimmering piece, bleak and heartbreaking as well as ultimately hopeful" _Sunday Independent
"…bittersweet and delightfully witty…Michael James Ford has an enchanting style of storytelling that leaves the audience hanging on his every word."_ Sunday Tribune
"…Michael James Ford is mesmerising as he carries us through Wilde’s perfect mixture of magic, exoticism, mundane reality and insensitive, shortsighted pragmatism and vanity." _Irish Examiner
"Michael James Ford’s rendition of The Happy Prince, told in a freewheeling conversational style, creates an instant rapport with the audience." _ Sunday Business Post