BATS Theatre, The Heyday Dome, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

19/03/2019 - 23/03/2019

NZ Fringe Festival 2019

Production Details

The Queen has died. The People have spoken. The Monarchy must end – and Prince George is SO not about it.

He’s 14, insta-famous and would literally rather die than leave the Palace. But a storm is brewing. Political unrest. A boy left alone for the very first time. Plots must be laid and this pampered-up pup isn’t planning on going quietly.

The Boy, George is a queer unravelling. A tanty of Shakespearean proportions. A meltdown fit for a would-be King.

After a sell-out season at Melbourne Fringe, a nomination for Best Performance and winner of the NZ Tour Ready Award, Prince George is back to wreak havoc on all who dare threaten his reign.

“Brilliantly fast paced witty romp, high recommended” Australian Arts Review

“Patrick Livesey’s portrayal is marvellous” Australian Arts Review

BATS Theatre – The Heyday Dome, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington  

19 – 23 March 2019
Full Price $22
Concession Price $16
Group 6+ $15
Addict Cardholder $15

Theatre , Solo ,

1 hr

Compelling concept a true box of delights

Review by Donna Banicevich Gera 20th Mar 2019

Last night The Boy, George opened at BATS Theatre as part of the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival 2019. Funny, quirky, sharp and sad. If you want to be entertained – see it.

Written and performed by Patrick Livesey, this queer satire explores a world of power, privilege, and promise, through the expectant eyes of a young Prince in pink slippers. It focuses on the misguided perceptions that could exist within our current monarchy.

I don’t want to spoil this as it really should be seen. But simply fast forward a little here: Prince George is 14 years old, the queen is dead, and George wants to be King. In fact, he believes he’s the only one in the current Royal family who is up for the job. Pressures mount as an unforgiving public seek change. Equality is rearing its head amongst the masses. What should he do?

It is very good. The dialogue is snappy, the script well crafted, and the actor’s timing is superb. It is a compelling concept well executed from beginning to end. This is a true box of delights brought to the New Zealand stage from Australia by a young upcoming artist.

After the show ends he speaks to the audience on a humble note paying tribute to Christchurch, thankful to those who have ventured out to see his work. I leave the theatre thinking – yes: impressive on so many levels.


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