After a successful UK tour in 2019, theatre company Forget About The Dog returns to the stage with a brand new show, Happy Place, supported by Harrogate Theatre.
Playing at Underbelly Cowgate until 28th August, Happy Place tells the story of four strangers on an extraordinary journey, in a comedic imagining of a world where happiness is commodified. We know that as individuals we need a happy place to escape to in challenging times, but here we consider what might happen when our happy place suddenly becomes occupied by strangers.
The unique quirkiness may take a little getting used to, but the theatricality is appealing. The company uses individual experiences and a blend of comedy, physical theatre, puppetry and live music to give us an alternative look into our own lives, and the lives of others. Appreciative chuckles from the audience indicate relatability as we realise humour in the simplicities of our daily lives.
As well as being admirably versatile, the four Happy Place cast members are obviously well rehearsed, creating a smooth-running performance as they move seamlessly from scene to scene. They easily manage the added challenge of being visible for the entire show, with no wings or backdrop to hide behind. They undoubtedly made it look considerably simpler than it is, as they navigate all manner of meticulously organised props, from sock puppets to cardboard armour.
Being a morning viewing, audience members can be prepared to spend the rest of their day considering the thought-provoking concept that Happy Place presents. This hour long production challenges us to view our lives differently and consider: what really makes us happy?