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In Autumn 2021 we toured a new integrated community engagement version of our hit family show Get Happy, spending a week working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families in four locations across the country: Ipswich, Sandwell, Plymouth and Derby.  

Get Happy 21 consisted of a week of joyful, playful workshops in each location, all inspired by the themes of the Get Happy show; from making colourful costumes and props, to songwriting, choreographing and performing new hip-hop dances and slapstick comedy routines.   

At the end of each week, our brand new 2021 cast performed Get Happy six times across the weekend for workshop participants, their family and friends and the local community. The shows also included creative content that had been devised by workshop participants throughout the week, so each location’s version of Get Happy was completely unique! 

Tour Dates

31st July and 1st August Get Happy, Ipswich: New Wolsey Theatre 

7th and 8th August 
Get Happy, Sandwell (Birmingham): Hurst Road Community Centre

21st and 22nd August
 Get Happy, Plymouth: Devonport Guildhall 

28th and 29th August 
Get Happy, Derby: Chinese Community Centre


Created by Told by an Idiot

Performers: Becca BindangFarrell Cox, Javier MarzanNathan Mills Beckles

Director Joey Holden

Associate Director Paul Hunter

Designer Sophia Clist

Sound Designer Adrienne Quartly

Original Lighting Design by Tom Snell

Production Manager / Technical Stage Manager: Simon Perkins

Deputy Stage Manager: Josh York

Practitioner and Project Co-ordinators: Holly DelefortrieJoe Gillmore-Rees

The original production of Get Happy was commissioned by the Barbican Centre, London

Our lead partners on the project were Open Theatre, BirminghamHubbub Theatre, DerbyTheatre Royal Plymouth and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Get Happy 21 was generously supported by:
Arts Council England Project Grant, Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, Boshier Hinton Foundation, Derby City Council Arts Grant, Foundation Derbyshire: The Tom Carey Fund, The Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust, The Suffolk Community Foundation through The Davies Family Fund and Evdemonia Fund, Sir Barry Jackson Trust and Wakefield Trust. 


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