Happimess is brought to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by G64 Theatre. Exploring the question the essence of happiness through a reality-show format, the production is insightful and uplifting.
G64 Theatre is a young people’s theatre company based in the London borough of Wandsworth. In this production, fifteen teenage performers each demonstrate the value of empowering voices and engendering creativity. Happimess has been devised by the company and scripted by Martin Murphy. During the 50 minute production it is possible to see and understand the value of allowing all voices to be heard.
The premise of Happimess is in a reality tv show encouraging five contestants battling it out to find happiness. The production offers segways into other reality shows and genres to offer variation. Seren was a particular fan of the segway which had parallels to the Great British Bake Off. Both of us found the interlude into the journey to happiness utilising puppetry memorable and thought-provoking.
The script is balanced with considerations of worldly questions and humour. The actors handled the challenging constructs associated with happiness with honesty, sensitivity and clarity. And this really is the strength of the piece.
The characters created are those to which you know from all walks of life. Some more caricatured than others, all enabled the momentum of the piece to be maintained.
Both Seren and I were challenged by the staging- with characters playing into an imaginary camera for much of the time. Whilst a useful technique for scene setting, it was challenging to fully engage.
Happimess provides some memorable characters, some fantastic insights, and is a fantastic approach to allowing the thoughts of brilliant minds to be shared.
Happimess is at theSpace @ Venue 45 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can catch performances at 14.00 until Saturday 18th August 2018.
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