Happiness

Production still for "Happiness". Natasha Herbert. Photographer: Belinda Strodder

Happiness

By Maryanne Lynch

22 October 2010 – 05 November 2010 The Malthouse

Commission New Writing Theatre World Premiere Suitcase Series Tour

This is a work about fire and ice; about extremities and what happens when we push, and are pushed, to the limit; about endings. The way things vanish, sometimes forever. And how passion, resilience and love can create the possibility of a future.

This was the first play commissioned as part of the Suitcase Series, Malthouse Theatre's award-winning education program. The program sees Year 9 & 10 drama students use theatre to explore their relationship to climate change, with a new script commissioned every two years.

The script functions as source material for the students to explore, developing their own theatrical responses and presenting them to each other in conjunction with the Malthouse production. 

This production was remounted in 2012, touring to East Bank Centre, Shepparton (15-16 October),  Hothouse Theatre, Wodonga (18-19 October), Colac Otways Performing Arts Centre (22-23 October), Frankston Arts Centre (25-26 October), Drum Theatre, Dandenong (1-2 November)

Production still for "Happiness". L to R: Terry Yeboah, Jodie Le Vesconte, Todd Macdonald. Photographer: Belinda Strodder
Production still for "Happiness". Natasha Herbert. Photographer: Belinda Strodder
Production still for "Happiness". L to R: Terry Yeboah, Todd Macdonald. Photographer: Belinda Strodder
Production still for "Happiness". L to R: Terry Yeboah, Todd Macdonald, Natasha Herbert. Photographer: Belinda Strodder
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Production still for "Happiness". L to R: Terry Yeboah, Jodie Le Vesconte, Todd Macdonald. Photographer: Belinda Strodder

Production still for "Happiness". Natasha Herbert. Photographer: Belinda Strodder

Production still for "Happiness". L to R: Terry Yeboah, Todd Macdonald. Photographer: Belinda Strodder

Production still for "Happiness". L to R: Terry Yeboah, Todd Macdonald, Natasha Herbert. Photographer: Belinda Strodder

Cast

Jodie Le Vesconte

Jodie Le Vesconte

Performer

Terry Yeboah

Terry Yeboah

Performer

Natasha Herbert

Natasha Herbert

Performer

Todd MacDonald

Todd MacDonald

Performer

Creatives

Maryanne Lynch

Maryanne Lynch

Playwright

Kate Sulan

Kate Sulan

Director

Anna Cordingley

Anna Cordingley

Set & Costume Designer

Jethro Woodward

Jethro Woodward

Sound Design & Composition

Lucy Birkinshaw

Lucy Birkinshaw

Lighting Designer

Caitlin Byrne

Caitlin Byrne

Stage Manager

Acknowledgements

Malthouse Theatre presents normal.suburban.planetary.meltdown. as part of its Suitcase Series. The Suitcase Series is supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; and receives generous assistance from the Betty Amsden Foundation and individual Malthouse Muse donors.

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