written by Samuel Beckett
directed by Caitríona McLaughlin Landmark Productions
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Siobhán McSweeney shines in Beckett’s Happy Days’
Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls, Extraordinary) plays Winnie in Beckett’s masterpiece, directed by Caitríona McLaughlin.
Critics described Siobhán McSweeney’s performance as ‘a dream‘ (Irish Mail on Sunday) and ‘superb … a remarkable feat’ (Irish Examiner) when it was streamed live from the stage of the 3Olympia Theatre in 2021. Now audiences will have the opportunity to see one of Ireland’s best-loved actors play Samuel Beckett’s iconic heroine live on stage in Cork, Dublin and Birmingham.
Winnie is buried up to her waist. The merciless sun beats down. Her husband Willie barely speaks.
And yet! – she proclaims – ‘this will have been another happy day’.
Defiant, determined and fiercely resilient, Winnie greets each day with humour and boundless optimism, and lives as best she can between the bell for waking, and the bell for sleep.
Running time: 2 hours 15mins including a 15 min interval
Landmark would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Arts Council.
Landmark Live is Landmark’s online streaming platform. Happy Days was streamed live from Dublin’s iconic 3Olympia Theatre for one performance only on 30 January 2021. An audio description was available for the show at this link.