A Shortcut to Happiness for Therry Theatre

A Shortcut to Happiness for Therry Theatre

Love story A Shortcut to Happiness is a new comedy from New Zealand's best loved playwright Roger Hall.

A Russian immigrant Natasha can’t work as a teacher because her English is limited, so she tries to improve her income, and language skills, by running dance classes.

Ned's life is just tickety-boo. Sure, he's adjusting to retirement and life on his own, but he's very comfortable with his lot, thank you very much. All that changes with his offer to sort out the financial woes of Natasha.

A new world of possibilities opens up for Ned as he sees through foreign eyes. Ned, one of Natasha’s pupils, seems to have answers to at least some of her problems, but his innate decency and Natasha’s fierce determination turn the path to happiness into an obstacle course. She gives us the incisive outsider perspective as a Russian immigrant opening the way for the inevitable literal language misunderstandings.

This is a story of loveable losers bonding over desperation and common interests.  In turn it becomes a nice plug for the re-establishment and value of community education.

The characters bicker, cheat, love and paint a portrait of middle class issues and concerns. The dance sequences choreographed by Rose Vallen are enthusiastic and energetic.

Packed with Roger Hall's trademarks of acute observation and humour, A Shortcut To Happiness is about discovering the ways of a new country, accepting differences, finding love and dancing your way to happiness.

Production team:

Director – Kerrin White

Stage Manager – Jo Pankhurst

Set Design - Don Oswald and Kerrin White


Deborah Walsh as Laura

Frank Cwiertniak as Seb

Gigi Jeffers as Janet

Julie Quick as Coral

Lindsay Dunn as Ned

Greg Janzow as Ray

Shelley Crooks as Natasha

Sue Wylie as Bev

Location: The Arts Theatre – 53 Angus Street, Adelaide

Dates and Times:

Wednesday 10th April 2024 Preview Night 7:30 pm (Note $10 tickets)

Thursday 11th April 2024 and Friday 12th April 2024 7:30 pm

Matinees Saturday 13th April 2024  at 2 p.m.and Sunday  14th April 2024  at 2 p.m.

Wednesday 17th April 2024 to Saturday 20th April 2024 at 7:30 pm

(Third Matinee) Matinee Saturday 20th April 2024 at 2 p.m.

Bookings and ticketing inquiries Mon to Fri, 10 am to 5 pm (Lorraine): 8271 8487

Bookings: www.trybooking.com or via Therry Theatre website.

Tickets can also be booked via phone on 0411924566

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