Happy-Go-Wrong

When life goes farcically wrong, how do you keep going?   (Image: Darren Gill)

When life goes farcically wrong, how do you keep going? (Image: Darren Gill)

Sometimes an accident is no accident…

Andi Snelling’s life has taken a spectacular wrong turn, leaving her fighting for survival.
Little does she know, she is about to be rescued in the most profound way.

** ENCORE SEASON ANNOUNCED **
Sat 12th & Sun 13th October, 6pm at The Burrow, 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
Book tickets
here.

Happy-Go-Wrong offers an intimate peek behind the curtain of those who face their mortality on a daily basis with unflinching honesty and life-saving comedy. And roller skates.

Blending clowning, storytelling and physical theatre with a twist, Happy-Go-Wrongis a visceral solo odyssey through the darkest depths of human struggle, lit by the power of resilience.

Following her sold-out shows #DearDiary and Déjà Vu (And Other Forms of Knowing), Happy-Go-Wrong is her third collaboration with director Danielle Cresp and marks a triumphant comeback after three epic years away from the stage.

“After such a sudden and profound life change, I have become fascinated by the secret messages which life’s ‘great accidents’ may be sending us. It has made me question what role we play in our own fate and how on earth we can feel seen when our fight for survival is invisible,” says Snelling. 

Happy-Go-Wrong was hand-picked for a development season as part of La Mama Explorations 2019,
then went on to have its official premiere season at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019, where it had a completely sold-out run and received standing ovations, rave reviews and
won the SA Tour Ready Award supported by Adelaide Fringe.

PRAISE FOR HAPPY-GO-WRONG:

“This is the kind of show that should be remounted at one of the bigger venues and taken to a much wider audience. The people going to see Bryony Kimmings need to know about Andi Snelling… A love of life might not have been better depicted on stage than a lone person joyfully rollerskating naked in front of a room full of mostly strangers.” - Robert Reid, Witness Performance

“Snelling is a sublimely talented performer dealt a serious blow by fate... Happy-Go-Wrong proves an inoculation against despair. It's also a knockdown argument for why indie theatre should benefit from a coherent and generous arts policy... It's a surprising and tangential odyssey that combines offbeat shtick, precarious dance theatre, entropic visual clowning and soul-scouring burlesque... If it doesn't take a larger stage at some point it's our lack of support for the arts that's sick.” - Cameron Woodhead, The Age

“Captivating, provocative, heart-wrenching… weird, wonderful and confronting.”
★★★★★ - Shannessy Danswan, Theatrepeople

“The audience is putty in her hands… Happy-Go-Wrong beautifully brings invisible illness into plain sight… It’s hard to imagine a more direct exploration of living in a less able body than this, or a performer more suitable than Snelling… it’s also radically valuable.” ★★★★ - Jesse Paris-Jourdan, Beat

“A powerfully personal story… The sparkle in Andi Snelling’s eyes is evident throughout Happy-Go-Wrong and I’m not referring to the glitter she is wearing. Snelling was born to be on the stage... (she) has been sorely missed and we can only hope that this work continues to breathe and grow.” - Myron My, My Melbourne Arts

“One big theatrical hit... Raw, brave and confronting in ways only a purely in tune performer can reach… Snelling is also blessed with an engaging face and command that have to be seen to be fully understood… Snelling has always deserved a prominent place in the entertainment industry, and her portrayal of her greatest plight shows that the fuel for exceptional performances can come from the strangest places. ”
- Corey Glamuzina, The Plus Ones

”A show of converging contrasts: heaven and earth, speech and silence, precise choreography and clowning, invisibility and visible vulnerability… It packs in an astounding amount of movement - it almost feels like it shouldn’t be possible.” - Aridhi Anderson, Weekend Notes

”Searing words, tight choreography… an innately passionate one woman performance. As always, her incredible physicality makes every movement a delight to watch.” - Hayden Burke, Australian Stage


Created, Performed & Designed by Andi Snelling
Directed by Danielle Cresp
Sound by Caleb Garfinkel

Thanks to the generous support of: La Mama, Darebin Arts, Howard Fine Acting Studio, Studio J Dance and The Burrow.