Famous playwright, Oscar Wilde returns to Melbourne with Little Ones Theatre performing his play, The Nightingale and the Rose, at Theatre Works in St Kilda.

A lush gothic fable, this story is a lyrical tale of idealistic first love through the eyes of a Nightingale.

In the opening scene you are met with a simple set consisting of an eerie giant moon and a visually hypnotic Jennifer Vuletic as the Nightingale. When Vuletic first sings it is startling. Throughout the play she is fascinating, her songs taking you on a journey of hope, longing, lust and love. Her climactic piece will have you utterly transfixed.

Brigid Gallagher plays the part of the love-struck student. Her monologue has you giggling at the absurdity of love and despite knowing the story, still truly hoping she gets that red, red rose. She moves into cynicism with such a vulnerability that you can’t help but feel the sting of heartbreak right along with her.

As all three of the rose bushes, Yuchen Wang, oozes danger and sex both delivering a warning of the price of idealistic love, and ultimately exacting the cost. His performance had me slightly unsettled from the moment he entered, with little more than a rose in hand. His costume (or lack of) is confronting, adding to the increasing danger he presents.

The tale itself is dark and almost cautionary. This production is sexy, witty and haunting and will have you pondering what price you would pay for true love.

See The Nightingale and the Roseat until the 10th of June.


Theatre Works

Location: 14 Acland Street, St Kilda

Dates: 30 May – 10 June

Cost: Adult: $45.00, Concession: $37.00, Preview: $33.00

Theatre Works Website

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