Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday reflects back upon the audience a kaleidoscopic set of attitudes to age; to confound, amuse and delight

One of the most charming shows of the year
ABC Arts

Common humanity brings with it hilarity and heartbreak
Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Age

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two epic birthdays – eighteen and eighty – major transition points in adult life.

One represents untold potential and opportunity; the other a lifetime of experiences, aspirations, fears and memories. Scripted from intimate real-life conversations with people either side of these milestones, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is a beautifully warm and human show from Roslyn Oades & Collaborators.

Playful and affecting in equal measure, this Melbourne Festival and Malthouse Theatre hit sees Oades continue her ground-breaking ‘headphone verbatim’ documentary theatre technique that creates extraordinarily immediate and vivid performances.


Created & Directed by
Roslyn Oades

Movement Director
Nat Cursio

Audio-script editing
Roslyn Oades & Bob Scott

Script Dramaturge
Raimondo Cortese

Additional dramaturgy
Bob Scott, Nat Cursio, Paul Jackson & Yana Taylor

Sound Design
Bob Scott
Russell Goldsmith

Lighting Design
Paul Jackson

Set and Costume Design
Matilda Woodroofe based on Original Design by Christina Hayes

Matthew Connell
Jim Daly
Aileen Huynh
Evelyn Krape
Roger Oakley
Izabella Yena

Production Manager
Jason Thelwell

Company Stage Manager
Rebecca Poulter

Produced and toured by Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

This production toured through the Road Work initiative, and was delivered by Performing Lines WA in association with Arts on Tour.

Presentation History

Theatre Royal
Hobart, TAS
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Geelong, VIC
Ulumbarra Theatre
Bendigo, VIC
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Bathurst, NSW
Casula Powerhouse Theatre
Casula, NSW
Riverside Theatres
Parramatta, NSW
The Events Centre
Coloundra, QLD
The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Gold Coast, QLD
Darwin Entertainment Centre
Darwin, NT
Portland Arts Centre
Portland, VIC
Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre
Mt. Gambier, SA
Chaffey Theatre
Renmark, SA
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Mandurah, WA
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
Wollongong, NSW

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

A Performing Lines tour for Road Work. This tour was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Originally produced by Malthouse Theatre & Melbourne Festival.

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