We are pleased to announce that Dead Happy? is running at The Warren (The Burrow) at the Brighton Fringe Festival 2019. Whoop!
(This year, The Warren will be situated on Victoria Gardens. BN1 1UB)
May 6th, 20-22 at 7.30. Tickets £10.00 I Conc.
You can get tickets in several ways:
Warren Box Office 01273 987 516
Fringe Box Office 01273 917 272
Or buy online at brightonfringe.org
Alternatively there is a Fringe Box Office in New Road, Brighton, where you can talk to a human. BN1 1EB.
About the show:
Meet mild-mannered Francis Putlock - Funeral Director, raconteur..... guru? He has seen many things, and done worse - but is he alive or dead? Are we slaves to past actions, or do they make us stronger? Witty and poignant, but never morbid, Dead Happy? asks us what it takes to become truly happy.
Dead Happy? has played to audiences large and small, at Festivals and even in private houses. Led by strong performance, with minimal use of props, Dead Happy? takes you on a journey at once individual and universal. Intimate and confessional, Francis Putlock may just become your new best friend. Dead Happy? has been selected as one of the Midweek at The Warren shows.
After playing to standing ovations at the Buddhafield Festival in 2017 and 2018, we are delighted to bring the show back home for 2019. Once again death is on the menu... Are you hungry?
The genesis of the play:
It started out as a play with a twist: - your own home being the venue for an intimate and affecting theatre experience difficult to achieve in a conventional venue. We performed Dead Happy? like this in the Brighton Fringe Festival 2013 and 2015, and have performed it many, many times elsewhere. When performing in venues, we like to keep it small, to preserve the intimate atmosphere - hence The Burrow this year, at The Warren.
Listen to an interview with Fringereview, caught on the hoof, below:
**** "What I really admired was Lovat’s ability to manage a delicate balance of humour and sadness; one moment you’re laughing, and the next you want to cry. He completely inhabits Putlock, a brilliant creation, and because the show’s set in your house – beginning with a knock on the door – there’s nowhere for him to hide. This is theatre as up-close and personal as you can get… If anyone were to ask me what single show encapsulates what I think the Fringe should be about, I might well choose this one. To have someone come into your house and perform a play that makes you laugh, cry, and feel challenged… that would make for a great night out in." Darren Taffinder, Fringeguru 7.5.2013
"An engaging and moving one-man show, performed with a beautiful lack of theatricality, Dead Happy is a carefully structured musing on death; a fictional autobiography... I would urge you to book Dead Happy – Simon Lovat will bring a unique experience right into your living room." Jessica Cheetham, The Argus 4.5.2013
We don't always perform in venues, and we get a lot of audience reviews:
"Dead Happy? Yes I was. I saw it last night. It was Brilliant!" Anna, Brighton
"I went through a whole range of emotions during the performance. Definitely thought-provoking, but very positive." Valerie, Bristol
"I was lucky enough to enjoy a performance of Dead Happy during the Brighton festival of 2013. Catch it if you can. Brilliant and captivating, a very special evening shared with friends..." Lulu, Brighton
"We all appreciated such high-class one-man-theatre." Dhivan, Bristol
"Thank you for performing at our house last night. Really wonderful, thought-provoking production. The party was talking well after you left. If the transcript is ever published I would love to buy a copy." Amber, Brighton.
"The production was both profound and enlightening. Many thanks for it..." Jo, Brighton
"A brilliant evening." Kamalamani, Bristol
"I saw Dead Happy on Monday. It was brilliant. I shan't give anything else away. Book this ASAP. You don't want to miss this." Abigail, London
"This is fantastic theatre. From the moment he comes in the door and sits down in the chair you know you are in for a real theatrical treat. The acting is superb, and the script takes you across the world and back again to some beautiful evocations of the cemetery. He manages to show the beauty and the wisdom of his experience and it is never morbid. When he walks out of the door at the end of the show you will be breathless." Mike, Brighton
We are available for bookings in the South East region (or further afield by negotiation).
Brighton & Hove; Lewes; Rottingdean: £80.00.
East Sussex: £100.00
How does it work? Well, it's a social experiment. It's up to you to decide how many friends you wish to attend the performance. Will you share the cost, or give it as a present? You could have a meal together, and afterwards the entertainment arrives at your door! This way, a unique audience is formed of people who all know one another. Almost like a family. If ten people attend, it's cheap as chips! So if you are looking for high quality theatre with a difference, this is the show for you. You won't forget it.
The show has been performed in many spaces, with audiences ranging from 80 in a theatre context, to a party of dinner guests sitting round a table - and on two occasions the play has been performed to a cosy couple lounging in bed! Yes. Honestly. It's entirely up to you how you enjoy it. But one thing is certain: you will never have another theatrical experience quite like this one...
The actor doesn't need much room, but he will need a chair. A dining chair is best. The Stage Manager will help you before the performance.
There is no audience participation and the show runs for 55 minutes without a break.
The maximum audience size generally is 10 people
If you wish to book a performance, simply contact us via the Contact page to arrange date and time. We look forward to hearing from you.
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