Wilde Stories - Overview
In 1888 Oscar Wilde was in his mid-thirties, and married with two young sons, when he published his collection of children's stories 'The Happy Prince and other Tales’. Within ten years he would go from being one of the most celebrated playwrights in London to disgrace and prison. He was dead by 1900.
Oscar Wilde is a figure who is both caricatured through quotes and epigrams and yet shrouded in mystery, with the vagaries of his personal life and imprisonment often eclipsing the complex splendor of his work.
Perhaps best known for his play The Importance of Being Earnest and his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his collection of fairytales The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) all hint at the 'adult' themes of love, truth, sacrifice and death that resonate in his other work, but are handled with his signature wit and sensitivity.
Wilde Stories is an artistic transmedia project around this collection of fairytales. This Athena Media project brings together Irish artists including composer Michael Gallen and visual artist Felicity Clear, to re-imagine the stories in a broadcast collaboration with RTÉ lyric fm.
These original artworks were also brought together in a Live Event in Temple Bar ins October 2016.
Wilde Stories has created a radio broadcast series around the stories as well as a new suite of music written by Michael Gallen and a series of artworks by Felicity Clear. Funding support for the artistic work has also come from Dublin City Council. All 5 episodes of the Wilde Stories radio series are now available as free podcasts.
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Wilde Stories is an Athena Media production made with
support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland,
RTÉ lyric fm and Dublin City Council.