Hap – a girl too happy for her own good


Is it possible to be too happy? A new one-hour play to be staged at the Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth on 26th November introduces a character who is interminably happy and just wants to be miserable.

Hap is the name of the main character, and the title of the play, who always feels so full of joy and wellbeing – and she doesn’t like it. She visits her doctor, a manic depressive, tries to convince the doctor that her condition is serious.

Written by BAFTA award winner and founder of Doppelganger Productions, John Foster, the play explores themes of happiness and depression and their connections to mental health, but does it in the form of a comedy offering a lightness of touch to these themes, ideas and concerns.

John explains: “This drama adopts the original stance of someone who is unhappy about being too happy, unable to cope with an abundance of happiness either emotionally or in relationships and public situations. The play also explores the nature of laughter and how the impact of laughter can affect people behaviourally and emotionally.”

Fresh from success as part of Bournemouth University’s Festival of Social Science and performances at the Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham, the play has a small cast of two actors and is played out in real time of one hour.

To book tickets for the performance at the unique and atmospheric Shelley Theatre on 26th November, book via their website.

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