Creators: Hatch it Theatre
Part of: The Spark Factory Programmed events.
Reviewer: Simon Topping
Stuck before us, dressed in smiley t-shirts, trapped in spotlights and unable to speak, three odd characters look at us expectantly. Unable to break free from their invisible bonds they need the crowds help to escape or at the very least to move a little so they can be more comfortable. What can we do for them? What do they need? In the course of this one hour show, we will find out together and learn a little more about what makes us happy too.
How to Make Me Happy is a probing, mischievous piece created by Hatch It Theatre whose mission is to “Create formally experimental theatre with a social conscience.”
The audience are encouraged to perform tasks for the stuck actors and share their joyful experiences in this immersive performance. Every action we make seems to release the cast that little bit more. Interspersed with these interactions solo members of the company act out improvised vignettes of madcap miscreants enlightening the throng as to what they do that makes them truly contented.
Nicely played and often funny the performers gently goad and tease those assembled into play. By the end of the night, most of us are on our feet and chatting to each other which is a testament to the skill and charm of all three artistes.
Curated by the Spark Factory, this show is one of eight put together to showcase risky pieces of theatre. It is wonderful to have a platform for these performances as How to Make Me Happy proves to be a provocative offering that has warmth and joy in an attempt to produce genuine conversation and connection with it’s audience.
Reviewed on 9th May 2018