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Got to Be Happy

Got to Be Happy

By Simon Burt
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854597465, 96 pages, April 2003


A poignant and tender-hearted play set in a pub kitchen.

When fifty-something Connie starts work in a pub kitchen one sweltering summer, she proves to be the catalyst for change in everyone's lives: Charley, the stubborn cook, is forced to reassess his past; while Richard, the stroppy bar manager, and his waitress girlfriend Caroline, come to realise that they may not be heading for the same future.


"A tender study of love, loss and loneliness... a genuinely compassionate play that augurs well for Burt's future."

- Guardian

"It's good to find a dramatist who not only writes deft dialogue but takes a romantic view of love. Burt is clearly a Simon to watch."

- The Times

"Simon Burt has evoked searingly poetic intensities of love... Quite superb."

- Evening Standard