Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two epic birthdays – eighteen and eighty – major transition points in adult life. One represents untold potential; the other, an accumulation of a lifetime of experiences.

Scripted from intimate real-life conversations with people experiencing these milestones, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is a powerful, beautifully warm and deeply human show from Roslyn Oades.

Playful and affecting in equal measure, the Melbourne Festival and Malthouse Theatre hit sees Oades continue her groundbreaking ‘headphone verbatim’ documentary theatre technique that creates extraordinarily immediate and vivid performances.

Winner of a Green Room Award for Outstanding Writing, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is one of the most charming shows you will ever see; a truly celebratory glimpse of the vitality and resistance of those grappling with how to say goodbye; and those unsure where to begin.

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains strong language & partial nudity.


“Heartwarming… faultless performances… Powerful, life-affirming stuff” – The Age

“One of the most charming shows of the year.” – ABC Arts

“The work is utterly heart-warming, and often hilarious… It harbours the kind of heart-rending depth that’s hard to find on any Melbourne mainstage.” – Concrete Playground

“Magnificent verbatim theatre… infused with a terrific sense of life rarely felt in a theatre.” – RealTime Arts

Performance Times

General Public:
Wed 30 Aug, 7.30pm
Thu 31 Aug, 11am
Thu 31 Aug, 6.30pm
Fri 1 Sep, 7.30pm
Sat 2 Sep, 2.30pm
Sat 2 Sep, 7.30pm


Premium: $59
Adult: $49
Conc/Group 8+: $44
Under 30s: $29
Family of 4: $116 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

(Under 30s tickets not available online. A per transaction fee of $6.90 applies for phone and online bookings.)


Lockout: There is a 10 minute lockout for the show.  Please ensure you arrive early or on time.

Free Talking Point
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday – Merrigong Talking Point Saturday 2 September, approx. 30 mins after the matinee ends.