In 2013 a creative partnership that began four years ago, bringing partners together from across Europe will finally culminate in a large scale performance the like of which has never been seen before. This project brings together people from across divides. Not only civil divides but race and economics also. Its message is one of hope but also warning: happiness is not a right, but something to be worked at, earned but never at another’s expense. Audiences will see an innovative and unique piece of theatre that explores these themes, featuring an international cast of the finest performers, realised by an international Creative Team of the highest quality.
The production will be directed by the renowned Bosnian artist Haris Pasovic and will detail the history of the 20 century up until current times through the lens of the seminal mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell who penned ‘ The Conquest of Happiness’ in 1930. Russell was a lifelong pacifist and humanitarian activist. The production will examine some of the most profound manifestations of unhappiness in the worlds most recent history and examine happiness in this context. The production will be multi-artform using music and film and will have a community choir of adults and children in each city in which it will be performed.
The Conquest of Happiness is an international Co-Production between Prime Cut Productions: Belfast, East West Centar: Sarajevo and Theatre Mladinsko, Ljubljana and will be part of the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture celebrations, Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens and will tour major European cities.