The Dreaming Prince or A Boy Called Oscar

by Rebekah King
Performed by Philip Kingscott
Friday 13th April at 20.00 La Sala Serra, ISPRA

Oscar Wilde is in trouble. He may be studying at Oxford University, but that doesn’t mean he can get away with challenging his tutors. Grounded in his room till the ringing of the morning bell, Oscar uses his imagination to weave a new story: the tale of the Dreaming Prince.
As Oscar tells his story we discover more about him, his inner thoughts and the man he will become.
“I’ll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I’ll be famous, and if not famous, I’ll be notorious.”

Philip as Oscar Wilde

The action swings backwards and forwards between the present and Oscar Wilde’s college days as this new play reveals Oscar’s life story using his classic children’s tales (The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant), his plays (The Importance of Being Earnest), his novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray) and his autobiographical writings (De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol).

The venue is an intimate acting space with basic theatrical equipment but which is well-suited to staging this one -man show.
Following a short Italian tour, this will be a specially staged performance for the Benvenuto Players, their friends and family.