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Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday

By Roslyn Oades & Collaborators

‘Common humanity brings with it hilarity and heartbreak.’ The Age

Roslyn Oades’ hit Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two milestone birthdays – 18 and 80 – both major transition points 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 either side of these milestones, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is the powerful, beautifully warm and human work from Roslyn Oades & Collaborators.

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.

The source material for this project is the result of extensive interviews with community members aged 80 and over, followed by a similar process with participants aged 18. Immersed in the institutional environments of nursing homes and high schools, this work explores the threshold from child into adulthood – from self-sufficient adult into aged-care dependency. Audiences are offered a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on the conversations of those grappling with how to say goodbye and those trying to work out where to begin.

Click here to hear the stories before you see the show.


Performers Matthew Connell, Jim Daly, Aileen Huynh, Evelyn Krape, Roger Oakley & Izabella Yena
Director & Audio-Script Roslyn Oades
Movement Director Nat Cursio
Sound Design Bob Scott & Russell Goldsmith
Lighting Design 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

Photo Sarah Walker

Originally produced by Roslyn Oades, Malthouse Theatre & Melbourne Festival
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.