THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
ROSLYN Oades attended an 80th birthday party, followed shortly by an 18th, and it occurred to her during the speeches that one felt like a farewell party while the other was a ‘hello world, here I come’ event.
The pairing of the two events felt profound and theatrical.
It started her thinking about entrances and exists into adulthood and the chance to explore the bookends of a full life.
In Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday, the audience is offered a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on the consternation of those wondering how to say goodbye or wondering where to begin. One represents untold potential, the other a lifetime of experience, aspirations, fear and memories.
Scripted from real life conversations with people either side of the milestones, Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday is a warm and human show.
Both groups were asked to respond to a parallel series of questions, drawing direct links between their experiences.
Equally playful and affecting, Oades continues her ground-breaking headphone verbatim documentary theatre techniques that create immediate and vivid perspectives.
It is presented by Peel Health Campus.
A scene from Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday.