Happy New, at the Trafalgar Studio 2
Happy New, at the Trafalgar Studio 2

Cowell’s Happy at Trafalgar Studios

Published April 9, 2013

A pair of kids abandoned in a chicken coop and raised, for months, by hens are at the centre of Brendan Cowell’s Happy New, which opens at the Trafalgar Studio 2 in June.

Set in the Australian outback, Happy New follows Danny and Lyle who, following their fowl fate have become celebrities. As they are about to leave care and embark on a life alone in the world they find society has become bored with them, but what has TV journalist Pru got in store?

The production, which runs from 4 to 29 June, marks the West End debut of production company Inside Intelligence, which will also be taking Tejas Verdes to Edinburgh this year and staging Artistic Director Robert Shaw’s translation of Juan Radrigan’s Children Of Fate at Peckham’s Bussey Building in January 2014.

No cast has yet been announced for the play by Australian writer, actor and director Cowell, who has previously toured with British company Frantic Assembly, won a host of play writing awards and received a BAFTA nomination for his work on The Slap.

The intimate venue is currently hosting Third Finger, Left Hand, which stars Imogen Stubbs and Amanda Daniels as feuding siblings forced into a reunion by one sister’s closeness to death. Dermot Canavan’s drama runs until 27 April.