Wild About Oscar

Enter the world of theatre, poetry, novels and witticisms of the great Irish Writer Oscar Wilde or

Learn about one of Ireland’s most famous literary figures in a thoroughly unconventional, engaging and amusing manner.

After the success of ”I love Shakespeare” The Théâtre Atelier Montreuil company takes you on a new literary adventure with the show ‘Wild About Oscar’.

Miss Moriarty, the strict, eccentric yet loveable headmistress of St Oscar’s school for good catholic girls in Dublin and her sidekick, Miss Shenanigan, a substitute teacher of the school, take you on a wild and crazy escapade of Oscar Wilde’s life and works. They are both passionately wild about the great Oscar but express their enthusiasm in very different, atypical and often hilarious ways.

Short, funny and easy to follow scenes, from the plays give the audience a taste of Wilde’s theatre. An interactive theatre experience provides spectators with the chance to become characters in the plays themselves, giving them first-hand experience of both the language and mores of Victorian England.

The show also includes a short adaptation for young theatre goers of Oscar Wilde’s renowned novel ‘The picture of Dorian Gray’. Finally, no portrayal of Wilde would be complete without a glance at his poetry and famous witticisms.

Esther Pestre, the director of Wild About Oscar, has been running a drama school, Atelier Théâtre D’aujourd’hui and directing plays, in Paris, since 1964. Specialist in Irish theatre she has directed plays by classical Irish authors such as: Synge and O’ Casey as well as contemporary works by Brian Friel and Jennifer Johnston. Although most of Esther’s work has been in the French langauge she also speaks Bulgarian, Russian, Italian and English fluently and has directed and translated authors from all over the world.

Tonya Trappe graduated from Trinity College Dublin is in English, Economics and History. She is best known to those who teach English as either a teacher of Drama in the ELT Classroom or one of the authors of the bestselling Pearson Longman titles such as Insights into Business and Intelligent Business. Throughout her ELT career she maintained contact with acting and drama. A few years ago she opened a school of drama –  Theatre Atelier Montreuil  in Paris, France. She has also written plays for teenagers for the Penguin Readers series.

Mia Leahy trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and worked in the performing arts for twelve years. She holds BA Honours (French) in Philosophy, Literature and European Cinema from Goldsmiths University, London and La Sorbonne Paris. She writes for Theatre-in-Education, London and cooperates with Théâtre Atelier Montreuil  in Paris. She also works as an English instructor, specializing in presentations, public speaking and voice work.

Richie Mullaney graduated from Liberties College in Dublin. He is passionate about working with young people and is planning to work as a youth worker. While in Poland, he enjoys coordinating artistic and educational events and running workshops on Irish culture. He plays a small, but significant role in Wild About Oscar and is discovering that youth work might not be the only career he’ll follow.