Do Good And You Will Be Happy – book and lyrics by Hilary Bell, music by Phillip Johnston
Do Good And You Will Be Happy is a work of music-theatre based on Cole’s Funny Picture Book, a Victorian series of children’s books written by Australian book store owner, moralist and visionary E.W. Cole. It is a project I have worked on off and on with my wife, Australian playwright Hilary Bell. Over the last 10 years, we have had a number of development workshops and readings, but have never convinced a professional theatre to produce it. At the moment it is ‘on the shelf’.