After three Shakespeare adaptations, The Candle Wasters turned their hands to original content, with the queer rom-com musical, Happy Playland.
With funding through the inaugural Skip Ahead initiative, The Candle Wasters have been supported by NZ On Air and YouTube to make this series in 2017. Happy Playland is a love story between two young women, but also a narrative on dealing with anxiety, the pressures of family, and navigating life as a part of the digital generation.
The series was shot over two weeks in Lower Hutt at Avalon Studios and Junglerama in May 2017, followed by a live episode filmed on Cuba St in Wellington in June.
Happy Playland is the second collaboration with Robbie Nicol (White Man Behind A Desk) and is also the first collaboration Thomas Coppell of Tomorrow, Rain as co-producer.
This webseries has 10 episodes which were released on The Candle Wasters YouTube channel. The total duration of the series is 1 hour and 17 minutes.