A Roslyn Oades production toured by Performing Lines

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday

By Roslyn Oades & Collaborators

A celebration of the bookends of a life fully lived.

30 Aug – 02 Sep

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

Filled with humour and heartache, this production employs Roslyn Oades’ ground-breaking ‘headphone verbatim’ technique. Rather than reciting memorised lines, the actors wear headphones and speak aloud carefully edited real-life audio interviews, including every inflection, cough, stumble and breath. This results in performances that are extraordinarily immediate and vivid.

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. It is playful and affecting in equal measure.

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

“Heartwarming...powerful, life-affirming stuff” - The Age

Image: Original cast. 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 Designer
Paul Jackson

Set & Costume Designer
Christina Hayes

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

Tour produced by
Performing Lines


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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