Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Live Broadcast and Video From Donegal on Friday

RTÉjr RADIO PRESENTS A LIVE BROADCAST AND VIDEOCAST OF our Donegal adaption of OSCAR WILDE’S THE HAPPY PRINCE WITH THE DONEGAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA & YOUTH CHOIR on Friday 18 May at 2pm and we invite you to listen in.  Pack up the school bags or put on the kettle and enjoy a  45 minute magical Donegal treat.

Ireland, and particularly Donegal is known for its creativity. Oscar Wilde, who wrote the beautiful story ‘The Happy Prince’, is one of Ireland’s most famous writers. Donegal County Council Cultural Services decided that they wanted to write a new adaptation of this most special story but write it in a way that made best use of our creative strengths in Donegal, which include music, storytelling and performance. We worked from this existing text, and writer, actor, storyteller and musician Little John Nee and composer Vincent Kennedy were commissioned to write and perform an orchestral/narrated Donegal adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince. We also asked Donegal Youth Orchestra if we wrote something especially for them, would they be interested in performing it and we were delighted when they said yes. The world premiere was performed in Donegal in April but now, with the support of RTE Jnr, we invite you to enjoy and experience our Donegal adaptation of 'The Happy Prince' .    

You can listen to RTÉjr Radio on your digital radio, online at, on Saorview and on the RTÉ Radio Player online, on iPad or on your mobile device. There is also an education pack that can be downloaded in Irish and English to ehance the experience for our younger 7-12 age group.  

“It is the combination of Little John’s words, Vincent’s music & orchestra and the singing of the choir that truly bring the story to life.  Close your eyes early on and the score allows you to see the snowfall on Errigal that Little John describes. The music paints audio pictures of the flight of the swallow, the people of the village, even of happiness and pain. In an era of near constant visual stimulation, it’s a treat for the audience to have their imagination put to such use.”  Carolyn Farrar, Donegal Democrat

Issued: 02 May 2012

For further information please contact:
Bernadette Johnston, RTÉ Radio Press Office
Phone: (01) 208 4157

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