Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday

Originally produced by Malthouse Theatre & Melbourne Festival

UPCOMING DATES: National tour 2017

“Heartwarming… deftly executed… faultless performances… the unguarded stories that emerge here are surprisingly elating Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday is made of powerful, life-affirming stuff.” — Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Age

“One of the most charming shows of the year” — Alison Croggon, ABC Arts

“Audio documentary rendered as magnificent verbatim theatre… infused with a terrific sense of life rarely felt in a theatre.” — John Bailey, Realtime

Recently I attended an 80th birthday party, followed shortly after by an 18th. It occurred to me during the birthday speeches that the former felt eerily like a farewell party and the latter a hello-world-here-I-come type event. The pairing of these two events felt rather profound and innately theatrical. It started me thinking about entrances and exits into adulthood and I guess into life itself - an opportunity to explore the bookends of a life fully lived.

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is a new audio-scripted performance work by Roslyn Oades and collaborators. The source material for this project is the result of an extensive engagement period with community members aged 80 and over followed by a similar process with participants aged 18 years. Immersed in the institutional environments of nursing homes and high schools – this project explores the threshold from child into adulthood, as well as, from self-sufficient adult into aged care dependency. Both sets of age groups were asked to respond to a parallel series of questions, drawing direct links between their experiences. How does it feel to be at the very start or the very end of life’s journey? And what unique insights can we gain from these perspectives? Audiences are offered a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on the conversations of those grappling with how to say goodbye; and where to begin.

Winner of 2 Green Room Awards - writing for the stage & lighting design by Paul Jackson

Nominated for 6 Green Room Awards, NSW Premiere's Literary Award and an AWGIE Award

ARTISTIC TEAM

Cast: Jim Daly, Matthew Connell, Evelyn Krape, HaiHa Le, Roger Oakley & Diana Perini
Direction/Audio-script: Roslyn Oades
Movement Director: Nat Cursio
Sound Design: Bob Scott & Russell Goldsmith
Lighting Design: Paul Jackson
Set/Costume Design: Christina Hayes
Audio-script editing: Roslyn Oades & Bob Scott
Script Dramaturge: Raimondo Cortese
Additional dramaturgy: Bob Scott, Nat Cursio, Paul Jackson & Yana Taylor
Interviews: Roslyn Oades
Interview assistance/Community photos: Piper Huynh
Production Stills: Jeff Busby
Publicity Image: Andrew Curtis
Community consultants: Paul Brophy at Sambell Lodge, Kirsty Baird at City of Yarra & Piper Huynh

TOURING ENQUIRIES

PERFORMING LINES

Fenn Gordon | Senior Producer (International)
fenn@performinglines.org.au | +61 (0)2 9319 0066

Fiona de Garis | Senior Producer (Australia)
fiona@performinglineswa.org.au | +61 (0)8 9200 6213

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

This project has been kindly assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council of the Arts, its arts funding and advisory board; by the City of Yarra; by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria; the Malthouse 2013 Female Director-in-Residency Program, The Robert Salzer Foundation and Monash University Academy of Performing Arts. An initial development was supported by Campbelltown Arts Centre’s 2011 Sitelab Residency. We gratefully acknowledge the many generous community participants who trusted us with their words.