DREAM  HOME

by Emilie Collyer

 

Darebin Arts SpeakEasy

Studio One, Northcote Town Hall.

20 May - 3 June, 2015.

 

Brian and Wendy are going up. Not in a vulgar way, it’s an ecological design. But there’s a crack growing in the wall and a foul stench seeping out. Worried about what the neighbours think they’ve invited everyone around for a BBQ to toast the future. The past, however, has found its way onto the guest list. As the house fills with guests both invited and unwelcome, Brian and Wendy must reconcile their middle class aspirations against war stories, comedic roasts, fallen stars and simmering libidos.

 

'Dream Home' was nominated for the Patrick White Award (2013) and the Edward Albee Scholarship (2102).

 

REVIEWS:

 

"It's a talented cast and, under Luke Kerridge's direction, the actors hit upon a style of expressionistic farce that feels unstable and intricate enough to work the play's comic alienations...into a labile and insightful whole... It's great to see acting of such singular force super-charging this incongruously funny (yet profoundly sad) new work... ★★★★"

- The Age

 

"Surreal, bitterly funny skewering of the Great Australian Dream of home ownershipSubsequent productions may find this near-faultless indie première a hard act to follow..."

-Arts Highlights of the Year, Australian Book Review

 

"A theatrical experience defined by daring and innovation"

- Stage Whispers

 

"An intelligent, carefully structured script brought to life by skilful direction from Luke Kerridge"

- Theatre Press

 

"Lulls us with David Williamson-esque cues for suburban life, backyards and BBQs, but then breaks out into something more surreal"

-Daily Review

 

"Balancing brutal honesty with quick humour, this piece will make you squirm in your seat with both laughter and empathetic awkwardness... Each performer demands your attention...deeply honest...put together with great thought and care"

-PopCulture-Y

 

 

 

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AWARDS:

 

Nominated for 7 Green Room Awards 

(Independent Theatre, 2015):

 

Best Direction (Luke Kerridge) - WINNER

Best Production - NOMINATED

Best Writing (Emilie Collyer) - NOMINATED

Best Female Performer (Emily Tomlins) - NOMINATED
Best Set & Costume Design  (Emily Collett) - NOMINATED

Best Sound/Music (Christopher De Groot) - WINNER

★Best Lighting Design  (Amelia Lever–Davidson) - WINNER

 

 

CREDITS:

 

DIRECTOR: Luke Kerridge

DESIGNER: Emily Collett

SOUND DESIGNER: Christopher DeGroot

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Amelia Lever-Davidson and Damien Maclean

CAST:Christopher Brown, Ben Clements, Natasha Herbert, Olivia Monticciolo, Ben Pfeiffer, Emily Tomlins and Jackson Trickett

PRODUCER: Mark Pritchard

CHOREOGRAPHER: Dale Thorburn

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER: Felicity Steel

STAGE MANAGER: Natasha Phillips

PHOTOGRAPHER: Pia Johnson

PROMO SHOT: Sarah Walker