Following up 2015’s critically acclaimed Total Theatre nominated Good Grief – ‘Engaging, frank, hilarious!’ New York Times – comedian and CALM campaigner Jack Rooke returns with Happy Hour, a show about friendship, failure and fabulous dancing.
Set in the pubs along Kilburn High Road, Happy Hour combines comedy, theatre and documentary storytelling.
Jack explores what happiness now means in a society where the pressure to ladder-climb is damaging underprivileged young people.
This Last Word preview follows Jack’s BBC Comedy adaptation of Good Grief for Radio 4 and debut TV documentary series Happy Man on BBC Three. Happy Hour has been commissioned by Soho Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.
A mesmerising whirlpool of cleverly-written, tenderly shocking and awfully funny anecdotes
Rooke is a delight to spend an hour with, cheerily but sensitively tackling the most painful of subjects and finding hope in them.
Wins you over with openness and hilarity
Fresh, brave, poetic… keeping audiences laughing through inevitable tears – testament to true comic talent.
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*Fees are £1.95 per transaction
Age restrictions: Suitable for ages 16+, includes explicit language and references to depression & suicide.
Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.
Running time: approx. 1 hour