About the play
Happy Jack is a funny and touching play about the lives of Jack & Liz. Set in a West Yorkshire mining village, the play is inspired by John Godber’s own grandparents and follows the couple’s 60 year marriage through good times and bad.
The play weaves through the story of this ordinary working class family and retells snippets of their lives together, the love, sadness, anger, joy and conflict. Balancing humour with some tougher realities, the play highlights the lives of working miners and the terrible legacies that many of them were left with long after leaving the pits.
‘There’s a truthful timeless quality to this little piece of Yorkshire social history that isn’t showing its age at all’ British Theatre Guide