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Rubies and gold don’t always mean that much

By Maria Gregoriou

When it comes to entertaining children, the world of princes and princesses never seems to go out of fashion. At the cinema you can watch the new animated version of The Little Prince, THOC is performing I, the Prince – a play about a Prince with a few issues and the need for advice – and tomorrow the story of The Happy Prince will come alive again in Nicosia.

The story, which teaches children the lesson of empathy and the real meaning of happiness, is set in a small town where many people are poor and suffering.

There is a status of a prince in this town and one day he meets a swallow who has been left behind after his flock flew off to Egypt for the winter.

The Happy Prince can see many scenes of people suffering in his town from where he is positioned and wants to help them. He asks the swallow to remove pieces of gold from his statue, a ruby and a sapphire from him and take it to the people of the town.

As the winter comes and the Happy Prince is stripped of all of his beauty, his lead heart breaks when the swallow dies as a result of his selfless deeds and severe cold.

The statue is then torn down and melted leaving behind the broken heart and the dead swallow. These are taken up to heaven by an angel, who considers them to be the two most precious things in the city.

The Happy Prince
Performance of the story by Oscar Wilde. January 24. Makarios III Amphitheatre, 28th October Street, Acropolis, Nicosia. 11am. In Greek. Tel: 99-490102

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