Hello Goodbye & Happy Birthday is the celebration of two epic birthdays – Eighteen and Eighty – major milestones in 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 an unforgettable performance giving the audience an ability to eavesdrop on those figuring out where to begin and those wondering out how to say goodbye.

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.

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

Creative Team

Cast Matthew Connell, Jim Daly, Evelyn Krape, & HaiHa Le
Direction/Audio-script 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 Dramaturge Raimondo Cortes
Additional dramaturgy Bob Scott, Nat Cursio, Paul Jackson & Yana Taylor
Interviews Roslyn Oades
Interview assistance/Community photos Piper Huynh
Promotional Imagery Sarah Walker
Production Imagery Jeff Busby
Community consultants Paul Brophy at Sambell Lodge, Kirsty Baird at City of Yarra & Piper Huynh

Originally produced by Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival

Image by Sarah Walker

Producer Contact

Fenn Gordon | Senior Producer (International)
[email protected] | +61 (0)2 9319 0066

Fiona de Garis | Senior Producer (Australia)
[email protected] | +61 (0)8 9200 6213

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


Winner - Green Room Award (Writing for Stage)

Winner - Green Room Award (Lighting Design) 
Nominated - Six Green Room Awards
Nominated - AWGIE Award


2017 National Tour Dates

6 -8 July | Theatre Royal, Hobart, Tasmania | Bookings>>
12 - 15 July Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Victoria | Bookings>>
18 July
 | Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, Victoria | Bookings>>
20 July
 | Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, New South Wales | Bookings>> 
22 & 24 July
 | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, New South Wales Bookings>> 
26 July | Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, New South Wales Bookings>> 
27 - 29 July
| Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, New South Wales Bookings>> 
1 Aug 
| The Events Centre, Caloundra, Queensland
3 - 5 Aug
 The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Queensland Bookings>> 
11 & 12 Aug
 | The Darwin Entertainment Centre, North Territory
17 Aug | Portland Arts Centre, Victoria
18 & 19 Aug | Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier, South Australia
22 & 23 Aug Chaffey TheatreRenmark, South Australia
25 & 26 Aug | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Western Australia  Bookings>> 
30 Aug - 2 Sept
 | Illawarra Performing Arts Centre - Bruce Gordon Theatre, Wollongong, New South Wales Bookings>>