Tuesday May 30, 2023
Southbank Theatre, The Sumner
140 Southbank Blvd
Southbank, VIC 3006
Amber Richardson & Linda D'Ornay
Language/ Cultural Consultant
Buried up to her waist, but never questioning why, Winnie is determined to carry on as best she can. Awoken by a piercing bell, she is accompanied only by the contents of her purse and her husband Willie. Willie doesn’t share Winnie’s predicament, but he is just as stuck. Despite the unrelenting sun and the limitations of her current – and eventually, sinking – situation, Winnie remains adamant that this is a happy day; these are all happy days.
Comedian Judith Lucy takes on the role of Winnie, the determined optimist in the face of an endless existential crisis. Acclaimed as one of the best plays ever written, Samuel Beckett‘s masterpiece Happy Days is an absurdist, tragicomic tour-de-force – that just happens to be a pitch-perfect commentary on our times.
A 20th-century classic, Happy Days was written more than 60 years ago but has never been more resonant, its absurdity acutely reflecting our reality. Director Petra Kalive (Laurinda) leads Judith Lucy and Hayden Spencer in this wildly funny, not to be missed production.