Critics and audiences are raving about HOME

November 6, 2018
Sydney Festival
“One of the most extraordinary pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen”
Theatre-maker, illusionist, absurdist and Jacques Lecoq-trained comedian Geoff Sobelle has had a jam-packed few years. In 2017 he brought The Object Lesson to Sydney Festival – an exploration of how the things that humans accumulate throughout life become a personal museum. That work was awarded with universal acclaim as well as the top prize at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

For Sydney Festival 2019, Sobelle is touring HOME,a meditation on the meaning of 'home' and the way that the spaces we think of as psychic sanctuaries have often been inhabited by many generations of equally comfortable occupants. HOME comes to Sydney after stints in the US and at the Edinburgh International Festival, where fans and critics alike have been effusive in their praise. Read some choice quotes below.

“A mass housewarming to which we’re all invited… [with] comic criss-crossing aplenty in Lee Sunday Evans’ dizzying production. The shower scene alone is timed as impeccably as anything patented in silent movie slapstick.” 

Five stars – Herald Scotland

“An often magical, meditative piece on what a home can be… Though there’s little dialogue, through meticulous stagecraft and Lee Sunday Evans’ warm, pictorial direction, we are presented with a collage of human experience: birth, death and everything in between.”

Four stars – 

“Steven Dufala’s uncanny set for Home is a two-story suburban-style dwelling (with complete kitchen and bathroom). Even though you watch it being put together, it still seems to materialize of the shadows, just like the place you once lived with Mom and Dad, as it shows up in your dreams… If you are not the first person ever to live where you are living now, Home is guaranteed to elicit a familiar sense of being haunted.” 

The New York Times 

“The theatremaker Chris Goode describes theatre as something you can live in – not only an art form, but also potentially a whole way of life. Sobelle’s show manages, briefly, to make that manifest. When he invites his audience on stage, steering them around the house with concealed instructions, it is as if he makes a play by magic. Guests greet each other like old friends and grab bottles out of cupboards. But there comes a point when it stops being a play and becomes a real party all of its own – with drinking, dancing and fancy dress.”

The Guardian 


9–18 January
Roslyn Packer Theatre
Tickets and more here 

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