The Happiness Project: Meet the Performers

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The Happiness Project

A dancing clinical psychologist, a neuropsychologist with two black belts and a yodelling 15 year old.

We get to know the young artists and scientists performing in our brand new theatre production all about happiness a little better before the show heads to our Sackler Space this November…

The Happiness Project - Dawn

Name: Dawn Rose
Tile and occupation: Drummer and PHD Candidate/Researcher on the Neuropsychology of Musicians.
Can you briefly explain your field of research?
The early development and transfer effects of musicianship in comparison with the contemporary personification of being a musician.
What is your definition of happiness?
“Vivite cum rhythmo et amore” [Latin for “Live and love with rhythm” we’re told!]
Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself
I have two black belts – one in Taekwondo and one in Kodenkan Jujitsu.
What’s been the best thing about working on the Happiness Project so far?
The people. The creative process. The realisation of so many ideas.

The Happiness Project - Eden

Name: Eden
Age: 14
What is your definition of happiness?
An emotion that causes you to forget any negative feelings.
What’s your happiest memory?
I was with one of my friends and it was a completely grey day but we turned a corner and there was an unexpected surprise of pink cherry blossom that soon turned into a blossom fight.
What’s been the best thing about working on the Happiness Project so far?
I love how the performance keeps changing as we go along in the process. It makes each rehearsal really interesting.

The Happiness Project - Jess

Name: Jess
Age: 14 and a half
What is your definition of happiness?
I don’t have one
Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself
I love unicorns.
What’s been the best thing about working on the Happiness Project so far?
The people that are involved with the project.

The Happiness Project - Archy

Name: Archy de Berker
Tile and occupation: PHD Student
Area of study: Neuroscience
Can you briefly explain your field of research?
I study how human brains make decisions, create emotions and represent information about rewards and uncertainty.
What is your definition of happiness? Happiness is the sensation that you are on an upwards trajectory.

The Happiness Project - Gloria

Name: Gloria
Age: 15
Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself
I can yodel.
What’s been the best thing about working on the Happiness Project so far?
Meeting different characters. Performing. Playing with the set.

The Happiness Project - Zayn

Name: Zayn
Age: 17
What is your definition of happiness?
Feeling good.
Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself
I love Marvel and action films.

The Happiness Project - Chelsea

Name: Chelsea Gardener
Title and occupation: Trainee clinical psychologist
Can briefly explain your field of research?
I’m interested in a narrative approaches (looking at how the stories we develop to create meaning from our experiences may influence well-being) and community psychological (focusing on wider societal or material factors that can influence well-being, the empowerment of marginalised groups and use of community action).
What is your definition of happiness?
I think happiness is subjective. For each person/community what makes them feel happy or how they experience or express it could be different – and this may also change over time.
Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself?
Before I went down a more academic route, I used to be a dancer.
What’s been the best thing about working on The Happiness Project so far?
So many really – but working and learning so much from the young company and seeing the piece evolve.

The Happiness Project - Ebie

Name: Eibe
Age: 17
What’s your happiest memory?
Getting my pet dog Frieda.
What is your definition of happiness?
Feeling light hearted.
Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself
I have a pet parrot.

The Happiness Project - Buket

Name: Buket
Age: 16
What is your definition of happiness?
A sense of contentment
What makes you happy?
Friends + family + Netflix

The Happiness Project - Harley

Name: Harley
Age: 16
Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself
I am an amazing drummer.
What makes you happy?
Music and games.
What’s your happiest memory?
Playing with my band.

Images © Tom Medwell