A one-man-play about the vagaries of Funeral Directing, life, death, and the secret of happiness.
It's a play with a twist: - your own home is the venue for an intimate and affecting theatre experience impossible to achieve in a conventional venue.
Mild-mannered Francis Putlock, of Webb and Putlock Funeral Directors, has a dark past. He arrives at your door for a consultation you will not forget, and takes you on a journey through life, loss and transfiguration.
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
Feedback from the audience:
"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: £60.00.
East Sussex: £80.00
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. DEAD HAPPY will be available for booking again from mid JULY 2017.
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