A COVID-19 RESPONSE PROJECT

HAPPY! - by Charlotte Souter

Happy! Is a play about a dystopian world where happiness is currency. Everyone wears percentage trackers to assess their happiness. The higher your percentage is, the more percentage points you have to spend in the world. 

Harry is happy with his life. Harry and his wife, Flora, finally have enough percentage points to apply for a baby. But one day, Harry is hit by an asteroid and his percentage falls dramatically low. He’s sent to a rehabilitation centre to try and cure him of his decline.

Happy! was one of the final 3 scripts that made it through to the 2nd Round of Forward Dialogue and went on to be the script awarded the £800 and script consultation.

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Writer

Charlotte Souter

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Charlotte is a Bath-based playwright. Recently, her monologue was produced by Black Dog Productions as part of their Creative Collaborations project. Her plays have been performed at The Egg, Woking Drama Festival and the International Youth Arts Festival. Charlotte is also a member of the Theatre Royal Bath Writer’s group. Her writing style is quirky and imaginative whilst often exploring hard-hitting themes such as mental health.

Director

Amie Burns Walker

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Amie Burns Walker is the creative director of The Immersive Ensemble and Associate Director of 'The Immersive Great Gatsby' having directed the most recent London Runs, Korean production and UK touring production. Previous directing credits include ‘Dr Strangelove’ for Secret Cinema. Future credits include ‘The Gate’ for Harrogate Theatre and ‘Forty Elephants’ a site specific immersive show due for production 2021. Assisting credits include ‘Henry V’ Chester Storyhouse and ‘Vespertillio’ Vault Festival.

Actor

Playing Harry

Jordan Reece

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Jordan graduated from UCLAN in 2015. He spent the majority of 2019 playing the role of Max Garrick in ITV’s Emmerdale. As well as this, Jordan has previously worked with the BBC and BBC Radio. Stage performances include The Royal Exchange, 53two, Oldham Coliseum, Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Jordan is extremely excited to be working with Just Some Theatre on ‘Forward Dialogue’ and can’t wait to get started and meet the rest of his ‘Happy!’ cast!

Actor

Playing Sam

Christopher Brown

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Christopher Brown is an actor, theatre maker and facilitator currently developing an ACE commissioned project with young people for 42nd Street and Horsfall. Recently directing movement for new writing show 'LOB' at HOMEmcr and choreographing youth-led project at Fall Into Place Theatre, Leeds in February. Christopher has also worked with Contact Theatre, Frascati Theatre (Amsterdam), The Lowry and The Royal Exchange as a devised theatre maker. Acting credits include; Oldham Coliseum, Peckham Art Cafe and HOMEmcr. Christopher is also a poet and has performed his work across the UK and abroad.

Actor

Playing Saul

Liam Harkins

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Liam is an Actor graduated from Drama Centre London. 

Recent Theatre credits include: Bury the Dead (Finborough Theatre), The Enchanted (The Bunker Theatre), Alice's Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles/The Vaults) Captured (UK Tour/Edinburgh Fringe) 

Recent Film credits: Lighting Tests (Nicoll Film Productions), Sea Dragon (Becklow Films/Fable Films), Retreat (Nominated - Best Actor at British Independent Film Festival) 

Actor

Playing Flora

Virginia Lee

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Virginia is a Leeds born actress based in London. She trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts after studying English at The University of Nottingham and has since worked in Theatre, TV, Film, Commercials, Voice Over, Web Series and Corporate projects. Virginia has been lucky enough to perform at Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre Severn, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, The Vaults, fringe theatres across the country and has a passion for new writing. 

During lockdown Virginia has been recording radio plays in her home studio and performed in short films made over Zoom!

Actor

Playing Zombie Ghost

Oliver Hewett

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Recent credits include BBC Doctors and an award winning short film, Uman. Trained at Mountview and The Actors Temple with many workshops and short courses along the way. Corona willing, a UK and EU tour of Henry V with The Festival Players awaits next summer, having been postponed this year. Lives on a boat and spends his spare time in the great outdoors as a runner, hiker, cyclist, climber and general nature enthusiast. Ironic that corporate/professional roles seem to be his most prolific casting!

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