A single dad meets his adopted daughter for the first time. Then he agrees to meet her birth-mother.


When their two worlds collide, will what they have in common outweigh their differences?


A one-off meeting. But three lives will be changed forever.


ON THE OTHER HAND, WE’RE HAPPY is a tender, funny, hopeful play about being a mum when your name is Dad.


Tickets for ON THE OTHER HAND, WE'RE HAPPY at ROUNDABOUT FESTIVAL at Theatre Royal Stratford East are available here.


★★★★★  British Theatre Guide

‘This is Paines Plough at its best.’


★★★★  The Scotsman

‘Rarely amid this year’s Fringe programme will such an uplifting and positively joyful play come with such a thick side order of tragedy

’Lands in the heart of the audience like a hammer blow’


★★★★  The Times

’A funny, tender and endearing play…bring tissues but expect to laugh.’


Are we touring near you?



31 July - 25 August Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe


05 - 08 September The Lowry, Salford


12 - 15 September Creative Civic Change, Ramsgate


19 - 22 September CAST, Doncaster


26 - 29 September The Lighthouse, Poole, Bournemouth


03 - 06 October Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln


10 - 26 October Theatre Royal Stratford East



About Daf James:

Daf is an award-winning writer, composer and performer working across theatre, radio television and film in English and Welsh. Having trained in the Lecoq pedagogy at the London International School of Performing Arts he went on to earn a doctorate in Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick.  His first full-length play LLWYTH[Tribe] was described in Contemporary Welsh Plays as ‘a water-shed play that changed the landscape of Welsh language theatre forever.’


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