|"How to be Happy" at Orange Tree Theatre
A thought provoking performance of a well-crafted play
I must admit that I went to see this show, hoping against all hope that someone would show me the secret of how to be happy. I enjoyed the play immensely. The play is exceptionally well written and the actors gave a superb performance to make it a very enjoyable evening.
Paul Kemp plays Paul, a once upon a time happiness guru, who is now not so happy and trying to be a writer as opposed to writing advertising blurb. He is married to Katy, played by Carolyn Backhouse and his ex-wife Emma, played by Kate Miles, is married to Graham, played by Steven Elder who works in advertising and has an interest, verging on fetish, on how the brain works when being stimulated. They have a mutual interest in a daughter, Daisy, played by Kate Lamb and also a common interest in sofas. Paul is far from happy as he has been diagnosed with cancer and thinks he is dying. The others are also far from happy as they have their own problems of life, such as sex, birthdays and a preoccupation with how the other half of the grouping live.
This is a very cleverly constructed play. The sofa is all important as it is common to both lounges, central on stage and about which the all the action is centred.
Right from the start conversations intermingle across the separate groups.
Now what is the secret of how to be happy. ‘Failure is more common
So I really did enjoy this play, it is very well written, directed and acted. I
October 14, 2011