A cautionary fairytale

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A FAIRYTALE comes to life at Eastwood Park Theatre this week as the Deaf Youth Theatre presents The Birthday of the Infanta.

Oscar Wilde’s bittersweet fairytale — about the daughter of the king of Spain and an unfortunate dwarf — has been given a new spin by the youth group.

It’s the Infanta’s 12th birthday, and the one day of the year when she is allowed to play with children not considered her equals.

An encounter with a dwarf sold for the amusement of the princess reveals the young girl’s own vulnerability and prejudices — exploring the damage done by a lifetime of being told what to think.

DYT is part of the Solar Bear company, offering the UK’s only year-round, permanent youth theatre for young people who are deaf, deafened or hard or hearing.

The aim is to produce a generation of professional deaf actors for Scotland — and the result is a unique sensory experience for audiences too.

The story is brought to life through visual imagery, live music, scents, puppetry, lighting and design — an inclusive theatre designed for audiences of all kinds.

It may bear the markings of a fairytale, but Infanta has plenty to say about modern day class structures, prejudices and the power of communication — and it seems that DYT are just the group to bring it to life.

The Birthday of the Infanta runs at the Eastwood venue on tomorrow and Saturday, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£8 concession) from 577 4956 or www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk.