Happy is a wide-ranging and exciting six-month arts programme, with a festival at its heart. Happy is inspired by the legacy of Bury-born Victoria Wood, her work and how she made her audiences feel.
Happy is all about people being able to experience for themselves the kind of work Victoria made including comedy writing, stand-up, songwriting, performance, musical virtuosity. Above all, Happy aims to make people laugh.
Victoria’s legacy remains powerful. The affection shown by her many fans was clear across Bury following last year’s Victoria Wood exhibition at Bury Art Museum, at her statue unveiling nearby, and at The Met’s charity Victoria Wood: A Celebration event in aid of Bury Hospice.
Working with her friends and colleagues at the Victoria Wood Foundation, as well as partners including Bury Art Museum, The Met and the Hallé, Happy will bottle this love, enthusiasm and pride to excite and inspire all sorts of people during 2020.
The Met is delighted to host a range of events over the weekend of Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May. Our show highlights include music, creativity, comedy and, in the style of Victoria herself, lots of recognisable characters and moments of perfectly-pitched drama and pathos.
Music and comedy combine perfectly with Hannah Brackenbury who features in the smorgasbord of entertainment brought to us by cabaret night Tickle Your Fancy on Saturday 16 May. Plant Fetish is a brilliant new one-woman show full of dark humour from performance artist Chanje Kunda on Friday 15 May.
The afternoon of Sunday 17 May will see the culmination of New Faces, the talent development strand of Happy (named after the TV Show that gave Victoria her big break) with a showcase at The Met. Keep an eye out for the Happy Scratch Choir hitting the town, and join us for a showcase of work from The Met’s Met Express and Bury Youth Theatre groups.
New Faces offers the chance to work with professionals to create work that focuses on comedy, performance and music, offering a platform to perform as well as opportunities to learn and be mentored by a range of artists.
Find out more about each strand of Happy at happyfestival.org, including details of scriptwriting, comedy writing and comedy performance courses, or check out events at The Met below.
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