I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
A quirky performance for those who crave something different
HOME explores the connection between memories and place. In this case, we see that a house becomes the cornerstone of many of our life memories. In a house we experience relationships, negotiate disasters, celebrate achievements, explore self and enjoy privacy to manage the more mundane aspects of human existence. During this 100 minute performance, the audience will see a house magically constructed out of nothing. Then that house will come to life as a cast of six, live their lives in parallel universes that occasionally collide with humorous effect.
This play is performed mostly in silence, drawing on carefully choreographed visual vignettes to tell the story. As such, while the performers were excellent, clever stage production and choreography underpin the play's success. While sprinkled with humour throughout, the real giggles are saved for the end when members of the audience are expertly conscripted to act and dance out the final scenes. This was flashmob performing at its best; somewhat unwilling conscripts gave sensationally committed performances.
Beyond a home being a catalyst of memoirs, I would like to believe this production had a few other things to say. I could be wrong, but I think it was also saying that:
we really have had enough of reality and DIY TV —really is it all that interesting?
at the basic level we are all pretty much the same - the rhythm of daily existence barely deviates.
one bathroom for seven people really is problematic.
and most importantly, all of life is improved by a flash mob performance.
This is not a mainstream performance; rather it is suited to liberal-minded (nudity is included), artistically inclined individuals. Oh one other word of advice: "wear flat shoes—flashmob performances are always easier in flats".