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The Birthday of the Infanta

After Oscar Wilde


  • Playwright

    Bairbre Ní Chaoimh 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Oscar Wilde 

  • Setting

    Imperial Spain.

  • Synopsis

    The twelfth birthday of the Infanta, the Princess of Spain, is a grand and marvellous affair. Snake charmers, Egyptian musicians, puppets, bullfighters, monkeys and bears all come to entertain the Infanta and her friends. But the one that makes her laugh loudest is the open-hearted little Dwarf brought in from the forest to perform a wild woodland dance for her. She is so delighted that she throws him a white rose and insists that he dance again after dinner. The innocent young Dwarf is over the moon and he is sure that the Infanta has fallen in love with him. Determined to declare his devotion to her, he decides to sneak into the Palace to find her...but what he finds in the Palace will break his simple heart.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    All three actors play multiple roles.


  • Date of First Production

    08 April 2010

  • Production Notes

    A new adaptation presented in conjunction with the Dublin City Libraries ONE CITY ONE BOOK Festival.

  • Producer

    Produced by Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

  • Original Venue

    Bewley's Café Theatre

Original Cast  
Performer Natalie Radmall-Quirke
Performer Jill Murphy
Performer Oscar Hernandez Rodriguez
Production Team  
Director Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
Lighting Designer Moyra D'Arcy
Choreographer Emma O'Kane
Stage Manager Fiona Keller
Assistant Stage Manager Paul Donnelly
Set & Costume Designer Miriam Duffy
Front of House Colm Maher
Composer/Sound Designer Jack Cawley