On The Other Hand, We’re Happy

On The Other Hand, We’re Happy

★★★★★ 'Quite simply a triumph. An honest, beautifully tender story' TheatreWeekly
★★★★★ 'One of the best shows at this year's Fringe' Bouquets and Brickbats
★★★★★ ‘A tale of pain, grief, healing and love perfectly told’ Sunday Times Reader's Panel
★★★★ ‘An uplifting and positively joyful play' The Scotsman
★★★★★ Scot's Gay Magazine
★★★★ Arts Desk

A single Dad meets his adopted daughter for the first time. Then he agrees to meet her birth mother. When their two worlds collide, will what they have in common outweigh their differences? A one-off meeting. But three lives will be changed forever. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE'RE HAPPY is a tender, funny, hopeful play by Daf James about being a mum when your name is Dad.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production

ON THE OTHER HAND, WE'RE HAPPY is part of our ROUNDABOUT Festival. View the full line up here.

Please note that seating is unreserved. ​Caption units are available. When booking, please select the ‘caption unit required’ ticket option. Alternatively, please call our Box Office on 020 8534 0310 or send us an email to book.

Supported by Aspers Good Causes Fund

Access & Events

Prices: £19.50
Concessions: £15 for under 26s
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes (no interval)
Click here for details about companion/carer tickets.
Content Advisory Notes: The show contains themes of grief, loss and domestic abuse. Haze and flashing lights are used in this production.

Access Performances
Captioned performances: Wed 16 Oct, Sat 19 Oct and Fri 25 Oct.

Caption units are available. When booking, please select the ‘caption unit required’ ticket option. Alternatively, please call our Box Office on 020 8534 0310 or send us an email to book.

Relaxed performance: Mon 21 Oct

Special Ticket Offer
See On the Other Hand, We're Happy and Daughterhood on the same night for £30

Two-show dates: 11, 16, 17, 23 and 24 Oct

To get the special offer, add both shows to your basket.

Cast and Creative


Charlotte O’Leary
Charlotte Bate
Toyin Omari-Kinch

Creative Team

Writer - Daf James
Director -  Stef O’Driscoll
Movement - Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster
Sound - Dominic Kennedy
Lighting - Peter Small
Assistant Director - Janise Sadik

Written by Daf James

Daf James is an award-winning writer, composer and performer working across theatre, radio television and film in English and Welsh. Having trained in the Lecoq pedagogy at the London International School of Performing Arts he went on to earn a doctorate in Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick. His first full-length play LLWYTH[Tribe] became a Welshlanguage cultural phenomenon, ‘a water-shed play that changed the landscape of Welsh language theatre forever.’

Directed by Stef O’Driscoll

Stef O’Driscoll: As director, theatre includes: Island Town, Sticks & Stones, How to Spot an Alien, With a Little Bit of Luck, Hopelessly Devoted, Blister (Paines Plough); Last Night (nabokov/Roundhouse); Storytelling Army (nabokov/Brighton Festival); Slug (nabokov/Latitude); Box Clever (Bunker); Yard Gal (Ovalhouse); The Unmaster, A Tale from the Bedsit (& Bestival), Finding Home (Roundhouse); A Guide to Second Date Sex, When Women Wee (Underbelly/Soho); A Midsummer Night’s Dream [co-director] (Lyric, Hammersmith).

As associate director, theatre includes: Mogadishu (Lyric, Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester).

As assistant director, theatre includes: Wasted (Paines Plough); Henry IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse, Brooklyn); Blasted (Lyric, Hammersmith).

Upcoming projects include: Paines Plough Roundabout Season 2019, A History of Water in the Middle East (Royal Court Theatre), Lit (Nottingham Playhouse & High Tide)

Awards include: BBC Radio & Music Award for Best Production (With a Little Bit of Luck); Fringe Report Award for Best Fringe Production (Yard Gal).

Stef is Artistic Director of nabokov and previously Associate Director at Paines Plough and Lyric Hammersmith.



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