“Before we start,” asks Nicky Wilkinson, “is there anybody here who’s allergic to organised fun?”
This is Happy, and it’s an unashamedly simple show. There’s no clever arty meta-narrative – we will not, Wilkinson assures us, “be going on a journey”. Instead, Wilkinson’s aim is pure joy. She’s determined that we’ll leave the venue feeling happier than when we went in. If that’s the metric by which we’re assessing success, then the show is an unequivocal victory. This afternoon’s audience in the Espionage Bunker are on board from the start, but there’s no doubt that the mood has lifted by the end. We’ve all been to a party together. We’re mates now.