The Good House of Happiness
In The Good House of Happiness, we invite you to meet an actor, a pop singer and a scholar, from China, and two Mongolian accountants. They have come together to make a modern version of Brecht’s parable play, The Good Person of Setzuan first performed by German actors playing Chinese people.
Brecht’s original play is a parable set in China between World War I and World War II. The Good House of Happiness is set in Dublin in 2017 as Molly Xiu, a budding actor, receives a challenge from the gods. Is it possible for her to do good in the modern world? They favour her with a gift of money, so she opens a new restaurant. But she is not a tough nosed business person, and everyone takes advantage of her, so she is driven to invent a male alter ego, Michael Xun, to be the ruthless dragon that makes the restaurant a success. She is forced to assume this role so often that, as Michael Xun, she is accused of murdering Molly Xiu.
Is the world a lost cause or does the possibility of goodness still exist? What in society might we change to invent a happy ending to this story? Through conversation, comedy, song and maybe some Brecht our five participants will search for answers within their own hearts.
Pan Pan Theatre is funded through the Arts Council’s Regularly Funded Organisations funding programme.
Cast and Creative Team
Text by Eugene O’Brien and Gavin Quinn
Directed and Designed by Aedín Cosgrove and Gavin Quinn Music by Si Schroeder
Performed by Saruul Altantuya, Andrew Bennett, Zolzaya Enkhtuya, Xier Luo, Zheyu Wei, Ashley Xie
Information and Tickets
Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, Main Space
Previews: Oct 11 & 12, 7.30pm
Dates: Oct 13, 7.30pm Oct 14, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Oct 15, 4.30pm
Tickets: €15 – €25
Duration: Approx. 70 mins. No interval.
Talking Theatre: Oct 14, post-show (2.30pm). With members of the company.