THE BOY, GEORGE
"Clever, camp, captivating and a little controversial, The Boy, George ticks all the right boxes"
- The Upside News
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in the year 2028, a teenage Prince George of Cambridge battles to save the Monarchy before his throne (and his entire f*cking life) are lost forever.
In 2018 I was recently graduated and facing the black hole of possibility that I may never get cast in anything, ever, and my whole life may very possibly amount to nothing. An existential crisis, if you will.
In response to this I made the terrible decision of writing an autobiographical play. 'Boo!' I hear you say, 'I know!' I yell back. Thankfully for me, and the entire world, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle and my Grandma flew over from Adelaide to watch it with my sister and I. There may have been another reason for her visit but let's go with the wedding.
Watching my Grandma cry out to the Royal family like they were, well, family, I had an idea. Fuck off my stupid play and write something about the Royal family. Genius! Ground-breaking! Hurrah! All jokes aside though, it was a much better idea and The Boy, George was born.
It was the first time I'd written anything and my first solo performance. Premiering at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018 I was shitting myself. Thankfully, it didn't stink and it went on to win the New Zealand Tour Ready Award and a nomination for Best Performance. I then toured the work to Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe and New Zealand Fringe Festivals and in 2020 I cried big gay tears when Joel Creasey performed in the title role in a production of the work for Midsumma Queer Arts Festival, directed by Richard Carroll.
Thank God for Meghan Markle.
"Livesey’s performance is what makes this show a must see" - Glam Adelaide
"Livesey has created a whole world in a bedroom of plausible intrigue comingled with real issues and sharp observation, all delivered by his charismatic man-child deluded dilettante. True git! Bravo!" - The Barefoot Review
"Livesey’s portrayal of Prince George is marvellous. He holds the audience in the palm of his hand... His comic timing is exceptional." - Australian Arts Review
Written, Directed, Produced & Performed by Patrick Livesey
Sound Design by Caidan de Win
Lighting Design by Nick Moloney
Love to Cariad Wallace, Clarisse Bonello and Lucy Ansell for their stunning voices.