Bewley’s Café Theatre presents
The Remarkable Rocket and The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
Performed by Michael James Ford and Trevor Knight
…Michael James Ford has an enchanting style of storytelling that leaves the audience hanging on his every word. Sunday Tribune
This Festive afternoon of lunch and theatre at Annesbrook night features two of Wilde’s greatest stories which will be performed in the historic banqueting hall.
…dazzles and delights…a sonorous and sparkling show. Daily Mail
The Remarkable Rocket
Outrageously funny exploration of vanity and pomposity. Written in 1888, The Remarkable Rocket was inspired by the egocentric personality of Wilde’s former friend, the artist James Mc Neill Whistler, who used to refer to himself as ” The Amazing One” and whose work Wilde once likened to ” a rocket…bursting in a perfectly blank sky.” The story tells of a boastful and self-deluded firework who lives in a fairytale world inhabited by a colourful array of characters, including a beautiful princess, a precocious page, a tone-deaf king, a phlegmatic frog and a broken-hearted Catherine wheel.
This highly theatrical production is directed by the composer Trevor Knight, who also performs his own musical score live.
…this small but perfectly performed production…is a joy to watch and listen to. Irish Times
The Happy Prince
perhaps the best loved of all Oscar Wilde’s stories, 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.
….embodies the playful and moving tale perfectly. In Dublin
…a shimmering piece, bleak and heartbreaking as well as ultimately hopeful. Sun Ind