written by Samuel Beckett
directed by Caitríona McLaughlin Landmark Productions
★★★★★ ‘a gift of theatre … dazzling’
★★★★ ‘Siobhán McSweeney brings masterful touch to Beckett’s masterpiece’
★★★★★ ‘a transfixing performance’
The Arts Desk
BAFTA winner Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls, Extraordinary) played ‘Winnie’ in Beckett’s masterpiece, directed by Caitríona McLaughlin. She was joined by Howard Teale who played ‘Willie’.
Originally streamed live in January 2021 from the stage of the 3Olympia Theatre, the production then toured to Cork Midsummer Festival, 3Olympia Theatre and Birmingham Rep in June/July 2023. Critics described Siobhán McSweeney’s performance as ‘magnificent‘, ‘masterful’, ‘extraordinary’ and ‘transfixing’.
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.
Landmark would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Arts Council and the support of Culture Ireland for overseas touring.
Happy Days was first broadcast live online from Dublin’s 3Olympia Theatre for one performance only on 30 January 2021 under the Landmark Live streaming platform with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media.
Cast 2021Winnie Siobhán McSweeneyWillie Marty Rea
Cast 2023Winnie Siobhán McSweeneyWillie Howard Teale
CreativeWriter Samuel BeckettDirector Caitríona McLaughlinSet and Costume Designer Jamie VartanLighting Designer Paul KeoganSound Designer Sinéad Diskin
Happy Days 2023 | Photos: Marcin Lewandowski
Happy Days 2021 | Photos: Patrick Redmond
★★★★★ 'a gift of theatre ... dazzling'WhatsonStage
★★★★ 'Siobhán McSweeney brings masterful touch to Beckett’s masterpiece’The Guardian
★★★★ '‘An extraordinary performance from Siobhán McSweeney’The Stage
★★★★★ 'Siobhán McSweeney goes way beyond the expected in a transfixing performance'The Arts Desk
★★★★ 'Siobhán McSweeney shines in Beckett’s Happy Days ... superb ... a remarkable feat'Irish Examiner
★★★★ ‘the Derry Girls star is superb ... a magnificent performance'Irish Examiner
★★★★ ‘a triumph of Beckett’s tragicomic genius … McSweeney's Winnie is ... radiant’ The Irish Times
★★★★★ ‘a magnificent brutal revival of Samuel Beckett’s wasteland marriage play ... magnificent streamed production’Musings in Intermission
★★★★ 'Siobhán McSweeney plays it like a dream’Irish Mail on Sunday
★★★★ 'a testament to resilience and fortitude'The Irish Times