HELLO, GOODBYE & HAPPY BIRTHDAY by Roslyn Oades & Collaborators
Why are the actors wearing headphones?
When you attend the show, you'll see that the actors are wearing headphones on stage. They are listening to the real life voices and stories of the people they are playing!
Creator Roslyn Oades conducts extensive interviews with diverse participants to capture their real-life responses, which then get edited into an audio script. The performers wear headphones on stage and hear the original audio, which they then perform to you!
What you get is a snapshot of real life – all the coughs, stutters, laughs, pauses and idiosyncratic turns of phrase that make real people so interesting. The performers – half from an older generation, half younger – perform the audio exactly as they hear it.
Have a listen to some of the original interviews below:
DEATH ON THE BOWLING GREEN
"died on the bowling green, which is just what he wanted to do...
ITALIANS DISCUSS OLD AGE
"I still make the pasta...I still make the salsiccia..."
"I mean I don't even feel like I'm 18..."
JOINING THE ARMY
"I just wanna get out there, you know? And do something."
NEVER STOP LEARNING
"You are very old, why do you go to study English?"
BIRTHS & DEATHS
There's nothing as beautiful as a newborn baby with it's mother...and when you die you lose all your wrinkles!