A Roslyn Oades production toured by Performing Lines

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday

By Roslyn Oades & Collaborators

Celebrate Life Well Lived.

30 Aug – 02 Sep

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two epic birthdays – eighteen and eighty - major transition points in adult life. One represents untold potential; the other, an accumulation of a lifetime of experiences.

Scripted from intimate real-life conversations with people experiencing these milestones, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is a powerful, beautifully warm and deeply human show from Roslyn Oades.

Playful and affecting in equal measure, the Melbourne Festival and Malthouse Theatre hit sees Oades continue her groundbreaking 'headphone verbatim' documentary theatre technique that creates extraordinarily immediate and vivid performances.

Winner of a Green Room Award for Outstanding Writing, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is one of the most charming shows you will ever see; a truly celebratory glimpse of the vitality and resistance of those grappling with how to say goodbye; and those unsure where to begin.


“Heartwarming... faultless performances... Powerful, life-affirming stuff” - The Age

"One of the most charming shows of the year." - ABC Arts

"The work is utterly heart-warming, and often hilarious... It harbours the kind of heart-rending depth that's hard to find on any Melbourne mainstage." - Concrete Playground

"Magnificent verbatim theatre... infused with a terrific sense of life rarely felt in a theatre." - RealTime Arts

Recommended for ages 14+. Contains strong language.

Free Talking Point
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday - Merrigong Talking Point Saturday 2 September, approx. 30 mins after the matinee ends.

Image: Evelyn Krape and Aileen Huynh. Photo by Jess Busby

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Bruce Gordon Theatre


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Cast & Creative Team

Roslyn Oades

Movement Director
Nat Cursio

Script Dramaturg
Raimondo Cortese

Sound Design
Bob Scott & Russell Goldsmith

Lighting Design
Paul Jackson

Set & Costume Designer
Matilda Woodroofe
based on Original Design by Christina Hayes

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


Premium: $59
Adult: $49
Conc/Group 8+: $44
Under 30s: $29
Family of 4: $116 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

(Under 30s tickets not available online. A per transaction fee of $6.90 applies for phone and online bookings.)

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed 30 Aug, 7.30pm
Thu 31 Aug, 11am
Thu 31 Aug, 6.30pm
Fri 1 Sep, 7.30pm
Sat 2 Sep, 2.30pm
Sat 2 Sep, 7.30pm

Post-show Q&A:
Thu 31 Aug, 11am
Thu 31 Aug, 6.30pm

Tactile Tour:
Sat 2 Sep, 1pm

Audio Description:
Sat 2 Sep, 2.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 1hr 10 mins (no interval)

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