Five people take shelter in an abandoned house. Nobody knows what happened to the tenants - nobody wants to. Hiding in the shadows of an oppressive society, the characters face the ultimate barrier of communication - fear. We are faced with the result of a life spent surviving and nothing more.
The effect of such a life is painted on the characters. Nobody wants to know each-other. They hardly dare to hope. Mistrust and apprehension plague their minds, the result of a corrupt government and a curfew with the ultimate penalty.
Sebastian from Wendy House. This character is almost as hateable as Joffrey Baratheon.
Wendy House draws its audience into the story. Lounge chairs and pillows are scattered across the room. The space lacks a conventional stage, so visitors are just as much a part of the scene as the actors. As stories and backgrounds unravel, the audience feels such connection and empathy with characters.
With actors moving less than a meter from the audience, in a dim room riddled with graffiti, the atmosphere is strong. Hand-painted posters hang on the wall, reading 'we are alone.'
The characters encompass such terror, such turmoil, you can't stop yourself being sucked into their world.
Wendy House was based on fears of the future. Inspired by recent events in Egypt, the play aims to raise awareness about the reality of foreign situations.
An inspiring plight by a group of young actors. I highly recommend Wendy House to lovers of dystopia, horror or drama. The atmosphere is similar to that of George Orwell's 1984, with excellent acting to bring it to life.
This play is by no means light-hearted, and definitely not one for the kids. However, if you're interested in the genre, or want to immerse yourself in something packed with emotion, meaning and raw drama, you will not be disappointed.
Wendy House takes place at The Workshop at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus. It's located in the North Court, to the left of the entrance to Union House. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to book in advance. Tickets are $16 or 11 concession, and can be purchased here.
Monday August 19th, 6pm
Tuesday August 20th, 5pm
Wednesday August 21st, 10pm
Thursday August 22nd, 5pm
Thursday August 22nd, 6m
Friday August 23rd, 5pm
Friday August 23rd, 6pm