Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday (2017 - Tour)
By Roslyn Oades
05 July 2017 – 08 July 2017 Theatre Royal
Theatre Tour Remount Co-Production
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is an 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.
In its 2014 premiere, Malthouse Theatre co-presents Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday with the Melbourne Festival. In this 2017 touring production, Malthouse Theatre is the first venue of a tour that ran until 2 September. The play then toured to 15 venues around Australia.
The 2017 Australian tour of the production is produced by Performing Lines.