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Director: Emma Jordan & Haris Pasovic

Cast: Cornelius Macarthy, Thomas Steyaert, Patrick J O’Reilly, Saša Handžić, Dermott Hickson, Neil Martin, Rob McVey, Shane O'Neill, Mona Muratović, Damjana Černe, Zeljko Hrs, Matt Faris

Set & LX Design: Ciaran Bagnall

Musical Director: Neil Martin

Choreography: Thomas Steyaert

Costume: OSHYOSH

Sound Designer/ Engineer: Enrico Fidone

Stage & Production Manager: Jen Shepherd

Technical Stage Manager: GianLuca Tomasella

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Assistant Stage Manager: Monica McNally

Casting- Georgia Simpson

Filming - Bluebird Media

Graphic Designer - Enes Huseinčehajić

PR Manager- Laura Willis

Costume Maker- Lidija Inđić Kenović

Wardrobe Supervisor- Edina Bahtanović

Producers - Una NicEoin, Ismar Hadžiabdić, Uršula Cetinski, Tibor Mihelič Syed



Premiered as part of the UK City of Culture 2013, The Conquest of Happiness is a breathtaking night of theatre, directed by Haris Pasovic and Prime Cut's Emma Jordan which has been performed for audiences in Derry~Londonderry, Mostar, Sarajevo, Ljublijana and Novi-Sad.

An avant garde, daring and unexpected theatre, dance and live music show inspired by the writing of world-renowned pacifist Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness featured a dynamic combination of first hand accounts and dramatizations of some of the most horrific acts of war of the 20th and 21st centuries. The show explored humanity's capacity for endurance, love and generosity in even the most desperate circumstances. Featuring a people's choir of adults and children from Belfast and an international cast of actors, dancers and musicians. 

The Conquest of Happiness is unique cultural collaboration between three theatre companies - Prime Cut Productions Northern Ireland, East West Centar Bosnia-Herzegovina and Mladinsko Theatre, Slovenia.

Previous Touring:

20 & 21 September 2013, Ebrington Square, Derry~Londonderry as part of the UK 2013 City of Culture celebrations.  

28 & 29 September, MESS Festival, Mostar

12 & 13 October, Mladinsko Theatre, Ljubljana

25 & 26 October, T13 Titanic Quarter Belfast as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival At Queen's

A powerful, unremitting portrayal of division and conflict
— Financial Times