Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday

// celebrates life well lived.

  • Event Type / Theatre
  • When / 9 - 26 Oct
  • Where / Beckett Theatre
  • Warning / Latecomers will not be permitted
  • Duration / 65 minutes, no interval
  • Download / the program

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday / celebrates two epic birthdays – eighteen and eighty – the bookends of adult life. One represents untold potential; the other, the accumulation of a lifetime of experiences – the aspirations, fears and memories. Scripted from intimate real-life conversations with people experiencing these milestone birthdays, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is the powerful new work from Malthouse Theatre’s 2013 Female Director in Residence, Roslyn Oades.

Playful and affecting in equal measure, this show sees Oades continue her ground-breaking ‘headphone verbatim’ documentary theatre technique, to create extraordinarily immediate and vivid performances.

Come join a grand birthday bash that / celebrates life well lived.

★★★★ Heartwarming … deftly executed … faultless performances … the unguarded stories that emerge here are surprisingly elating ... Common humanity brings with it hilarity and heartbreak. Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday is made of powerful, life-affirming stuff.

— The Age
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One of the most charming shows of the year. Hello, Goodbye, Happy Birthday is a truly celebratory glimpse of the vitality and resistance of two groups of people often marginalised or portrayed in ageist stereotypes. 

— Alison Croggon, ABC Arts
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audio documentary rendered as magnificent verbatim theatre … infused with a terrific sense of life rarely felt in a theatre.

— John Bailey, Realtime
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By / Roslyn Oades & collaborators
Direction / 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 Dramaturg / Raimondo Cortese
Additional Dramaturgy / Nat Cursio, Paul Jackson, Bob Scott, Yana Taylor
Interviews / Roslyn Oades
Interview Assistance / Piper Huynh
Cast / Matthew Connell, Jim Daly, Evelyn Krape, HaiHa Le, Roger Oakley, Diana Perini

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Previews
Thursday 9 October, 8pm
Friday 10 October, 8pm

Opening night
Saturday 11 October, 8pm 

Time to Talk
Tuesday 14 October, following the 7pm performance of Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday

Audio Description
Wednesday 22 October, 8pm

On the blog

In rehearsal: Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday

Join us backstage as we take a look into the development and rehearsals of this extraordinary show. (Images and video.)

Proudly supported by

A co-production with Melbourne Festival.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, City of Yarra and Arts Victoria. Additional support has been provided by The Robert Salzer Foundation.


Key image photography / Andrew Curtis
Production photography / Jeff Busby
Video / BATCHEDIT

  • Event Type / Theatre
  • When / 9 - 26 Oct
  • Where / Beckett Theatre
  • Warning / Latecomers will not be permitted
  • Duration / 65 minutes, no interval
  • Download / the program