Pinjarra Murray Times - - THE SCHOOL REPORT -

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.

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