Are we looking for happiness in all the wrong places?

The Happiness Project brought together 12 young people and 6 scientists to create new performance exploring our understanding of happiness and well-being and its relationship to young people in UK.

Devised in response to reports that raised concerns over young people’s well-being in the UK, The Happiness Project was an intergenerational piece of personal and moving contemporary theatre that journeys through autobiographical stories set to a musical landscape to explore the human condition. Through working closely with a group of academics and young people, this production aimed to discover a place where scientific research and personal, real life experience meet.

Performed at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2016 and the Roundhouse, London in November 2016.


Directed by Emma Higham and Tashi Gore with dramaturgy by Jess Thorpe and support from Viviane Hullin.


The Happiness Project was produced by Roundhouse and supported by the Wellcome Trust

Photos: Jason Sain