Composer and writer of The Happiness Box Adaptation
Bryony Marks completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Composition for Film and Television with first class honours from the University of Melbourne's Conservatorium of Music. In 2001 she attended the inaugural Australian National Academy of Music Composers' Program, taking classes with professor Simon Bainbridge, Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London; and Karen Tanaka, formerly of IRCAM, Paris. In addition to several scores for theatre, Bryony Marks has received numerous commissions, including three string quartets, a quintet and a sextet, an opera excerpt and a one-hour chamber opera entitled Crossing Live, which was premiered by Chamber Made in 2007, winning a Green Room Award for Best New Australian Work (Opera) in the same year.
She has composed extensively for film and television. Credits include Chris Lilley's award-winning series We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High and Angry Boys; the Matthew Saville helmed The King, Noise, Cloudstreet, Felony and Please Like Me; as well as Tangle, Hawke, Dance Academy; Goddess, Mrs Biggs, and Anzac Girls.
Bryony was inspired to adapt The Happiness Box to encourage young children to revel in the glorious sounds of an orchestra. She dedicates this orchestral version of The Happiness Box to her two sons.