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


Cast Matthew Connell, Jim Daly, Aileen Huynh, Evelyn Krape, Roger Oakley & Izabella Yena
Direction/Audio-script Roslyn Oades
Movement Director Nat Cursio
Sound Design Bob Scott & Russell Goldsmith
Lighting Design Stephen Hawker, based on original design by Paul Jackson
Set/Costume Design Matilda Woodroofe, based on Original Design by Christina Hayes
Production Manager Jason Thelwell
Company Stage Manager Rebecca Poulter
Audio-script editing Roslyn Oades & Bob Scott
Script Dramaturge Raimondo Cortese
Additional dramaturgy Bob Scott, Nat Cursio, Paul Jackson & Yana Taylor
Community Consultants Paul Brophy at Sambell Lodge, Kirsty Baird at City of Yarra & Piper Huynh
Originally Produced by Roslyn Oades, Malthouse Theatre & Melbourne Festival
A Performing Lines tour for Road Work

Image by Sarah Walker


Winner - Green Room Award (Writing for Stage)

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

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


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