Happy Robot Theatre
Happy Robot Theatre Company was started in 2011 by Waterford local; Darren Malone. The aim of this was to do something very different. Bringing movies to stage was always something Darren had been interested in doing, so in 2011 he decided to make a start with his first production: “Dim and Dimmer” an adaption of the Farrelly Brothers movie “Dumb and Dumber”, performed in Garter Lane Theatre to full houses.
They didn’t stop there. The audiences liked that this was something different and called out for more and two years later they brought “Newscaster”, an adaptation of the much beloved Will Ferrell smash hit “Anchorman”. This played for 3 sold out nights in Garter Lane Theatre. From there, Happy Robot collaborated to bring a classic gangster movie to the Waterford stage: Quintin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs”. The play “Dogs” played to 4 completely sold out nights on the Garter Lane stage.
Happy Robot decided to take a step away outside their comfort zone and try their skills at published stage drama. They decided to bring Frank McGuinness’s “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” to Waterford audiences, which was brought back by public demand a year later to Central Arts’ stage and Gaelach Gorm theatre in Kill, Co. Waterford.
That brings us to now! “yesteryear is Darrens debut full lenght drama play,this will be Darren’s both writing and directing debut, running in Garter Lane from the 12th to the 15th of July, 2023 and it’s shaping up to be an amazing show!
YesterYear is a story based on real people, it tells the tale of an irish couple Edward and Claire. Through the play we are shown how they met and instantly fell in love, had children and got married. The story is told through a series of flashbacks and flashforwards. You the audience are taken on a beautiful but also tragic journey as Edward must face the eventuality of losing his soulmate to a terminal illness.
Darren cant express his excitement for this production and the cast the he has working on it are exceptional, he would like to thank the people of Waterford, for their continued support and here’s to another successful year of theatre.