by Samuel Beckett
9 March 2023
Important: The theatre doors will close strictly at 8.00!
Please be seated by 7.50.
(Please note: no food or drink will be allowed in the theatre during any performance, as this is a competition.)
Happy Days is a play in two acts, written by Samuel Beckett. Viewed positively by critics, it was named in The Independent as one of the 40 best plays of all time.
Winnie, buried to her waist, follows her daily routine and prattles to her husband, Willie, who is largely hidden and taciturn. Her frequent refrain is "Oh this is a happy day." Later, in Act II, she is buried up to her neck, but continues to talk and remember happier days.
Thanks to Sticky Fingers and Sacred Heart School, Newry, to Mary Goss, to Carrickcruppen GAA,
to Eoin McCartan, to Kate O'Hanlon and to Joe Mathers.
From the beginning Newpoint participated in the festival movement north and south and won the All-Ireland Festival in 1958 with Arms and the Man, 1961 with Our Town and 1992 with Marat Sade. In 1991 they won Dundalk International Festival with Brighton Beach Memoirs.
During the summer months, Newpoint operates a youth group which functions throughout the year and has provided the society with a constant supply of new blood many of whom come back to contribute as adults.