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About

What kind of King would you be? A naïve boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be heir to the kingdom. Treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of Slingsby.

Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards.

Highlights reel

Meet the creative team

Andy Packer

Artistic Director

Andy co-founded Slingsby Theatre Company as Artistic Director. In ten years Slingsby has toured its original productions to 70 venues in 44 cities all over Australia and the world.

Since completing a BA of Theatre Studies at Adelaide University in 1992, Andy’s arts career has encompassed many roles including Creative Producer, ensemble Actor/Creator and Festival Director. In 2007 Andy co-founded Slingsby Theatre Company as Artistic Director. In ten years Slingsby has toured its original productions to 70 venues in 44 cities and towns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Norway, winning 14 industry awards along the way.

Alongside Slingsby, Andy has built a freelance career as a Director of opera, musical theatre, cabaret and concerts. Most recently Andy directed Vigil, written by Steve Vizard and Joe Chindamo and starring Christie Whelan-Browne for Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017 (4.5 stars, Limelight). Andy has Directed for State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival of Arts and Adelaide Chamber Singers. Andy is respected nationally and internationally for creating moments of human intimacy and emotional truth in both intimate one hander productions and in large operatic and orchestral scale works, for child, family and adult audiences.

In January 2016 Andy became the first Australian to join the Board of Management of Philadelphia-based IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth).

Andy and his wife Jane love living in Adelaide with their three school-age sons and retired greyhound.

Quincy Grant

Artistic Associate - Composer

Quincy is an Adelaide based director of theatre, music theatre and opera. He has also worked as creative producer of multidisciplinary arts programs, producer of large-scale outdoor events and festival director. Quincy is an Adelaide based director of theatre, music theatre and opera.

Quincy Grant composes music for theatre, concert stage and film. His work includes music for plays such as The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, and When the Rain Stops Falling; many works for orchestra that have been played in Germany, Canada, and by the leading Australian orchestras; and soundtracks for films and documentaries broadcast on the ABC and SBS. He also writes for concert performances and film, and plays in many groups: from rock to new music and, most recently wild gypsy music with Golonka.

He is co-director of The Firm, a company that presents concerts each year featuring Australian classical musicians in programmes of new Australian music along side interesting repertoire. In 2013 his first opera, An Ode to Nonsense, was premiered by Slingsby and the State Opera of South Australia.

This is the seventh wonderful show he has done with Slingsby!

Quincy lives in Adelaide with four dear ones – Anna, Arland, Clara and Miranda.

Stacey Baldwin

General Manager/Producer

Stacey has worked with leading Victorian arts organisations such as Back to Back Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Insite Arts, Big West and Jodee Mundy Collaborations.

Stacey is a relocated from Melbourne in February 2017 to take on the role of General Manager/Producer for Slingsby. She has worked with leading Victorian arts organisations such as Back to Back Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Insite Arts, Big West and Jodee Mundy Collaborations.

As well as producing projects, Stacey is a self confessed systems nerd, working with organisations to support them through periods of change and implement structures to find better ways of working.

Geoff Cobham

Artstic Associate - Lighting

Geoff has worked as an Event Producer, Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Public Artist and Venue Designer. His work has ranged from many smaller innovative productions to large scale theatre/dance productions, festivals, art exhibitions, events, museums and venue creation.

Awards include: Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution, Green Room Award Best lighting Design for Night Letters (State Theatre Company of South Australia), Sydney Theatre Award Best Lighting Design for Never Did Me Any Harm (Force Majeure), Helpman Award for Best Scenic Design for Little Bird (State Theatre Company of South Australia). Geoff is Artistic Associate (Design) for Slingsby.

Production Credits

  • Director Andy Packer
  • Playwright Nicki Bloom
  • Performer Jacqy Phillips
  • Performer Tim Overton
  • Composer and Musician Quincy Grant
  • Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
  • Designer Wendy Todd
  • Education Consultant Hannah McCarthy Oliver

Production Credits

What people are saying

““The attention to detail is phenomenal…majestic and utterly delightful.” ” Gordon Forester, Limelight

““Oh, Slingsby, you’ve done it again!” ” David Grybowski, The Barefoot Review

““…will delight all and bring back magic and wonder through a truly excellent theatrical experience.” ” Brian Godfrey, Adelaide Theatre Guide

““Slingsby’s beautifully staged adaptation of Wilde’s visionary parable has woven a spell that offers hope for a better world.” ” Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle

“**** (4 stars) "...The Young King feels like entering another world..." "An Adelaide Festival highlight, and a beautiful production for audiences aged eight to 80." ” Richard Watts, Artshub.com.au

““…an immersive, otherworldly show, punctured with serious life lessons.” ” Debbie Cuthbertson, Sydney Morning Herald

““It is possible to believe that we are characters in a great fairytale. A touching, meaningful and involved production.” ”

Daniel McLean, On Dit