ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Happiness (Wayfarer Productions Ltd)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

‘Happiness’ is an emotional rollercoaster capturing the insular dynamics of a complicated marriage. I felt rather voyeuristic watching this fly-on-the-wall exploration into the couple’s complex relationship, but, really, who doesn’t enjoy a little voyeurism? The audience were certainly gripped with complete engagement for an hour and a half, which is no mean feat at the Fringe. The set contributes to the intimate feeling of this piece, as does the venue with mirrors on both sides of the stage, drawing us further into their world. Performances are strong, covering gritty issues with clever dialogue of an almost schizophrenic conversation and engendering questions like, “How do we learn how to love?” and “What is the meaning of happiness?” Thought-provoking and smart.

The Playhouse At Hawke & Hunter Green Room, 3 – 29 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 1.40pm (3.10pm), £8.50 – £9.50, fpp268.
tw rating 4/5