Brisbane Festival and Aurecon present


QPAC - Playhouse
12 - 15 Sep


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Geoff Sobelle / Beth Morrison Projects (USA)
Australian Premiere

We invite you to a magical house party.

HOME is a breathtaking spectacle of illusion, choreography, inexplicable construction and live documentary.

On an empty stage, a house is conjured from nothing. You watch it fill room by room as generations of inhabitants go about making the house their home, through the daily rituals of showering, cooking and doing the washing, to the momentous events of births, deaths, even crazy parties.

And even – maybe – with a little help from you.

These walls contain the stuff of life, telling the story of a house, and asking what it means to create a home.

Witty and wise, lively and life-affirming, HOME is thrillingly immediate, full of wonder, and unlike anything you’ve seen before.

"Playful, heart-warming and dazzling" - Edinburgh Guide






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We all remember the house we grew up in. And we treasure the things that made that house a home. Geoff Sobelle is a magician of the stage, and in HOME he creates a space into which we can pour our memories. Memories of family, of births and birthdays, of weddings and funerals, of love, loneliness and of washing the dishes. Finally, the stage is ours, just as home will always be ours, as we join the rest of the audience to cheer on the things that bind us, with drinking, dancing and fancy dress. Like so many other Festival events this year, this is Brisbane onstage.

When we enter the theatre, it looks as though the stage is bare. A man walks from the audience. He begins to build a house. Magically, rooms appear. Even more magically, all those who have ever lived in the house are in it at the same time (but they can’t see each other, because they exist in different times). But no one bumps into anyone – a masterpiece of witty choreography. Finally, we’re all invited to a house party, audience with residents of the present, past, and future, transcending the logic of time and space.

Sobelle is a graduate of Jacques Lecoq’s school in Paris, perhaps the world’s most famous training centre for physical theatre, mime and clowning, and all those skills go into giving us house, home and joyous celebration.

There’s even more if you wish to see it. HOME also helps to awaken us to contemporary housing dilemmas. You see the forces of gentrification and migration played out in the choreography of ordinary people inhabiting this house, replacing one another, repeating. Is it possible for all of us to make a house a home, or only some of us?

Review: Dreaming of ‘Home,’ With a Magical Guide in His Underwear

Geoff Sobelle knows where you dream. Even more unsettlingly, he knows that territory you inhabit on the edge of dreams — when you’re suddenly half-awake in the middle of the night and aren’t sure where you are...more

As in life, actors taking showers in HOME will be naked. This performance contains the use of herbal cigarettes and haze. Suitable for audience 10+ years.
Image by Maria Baranova-Suzuki
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Brisbane Times Festival Conversations after performance - Thu 13 Sept

Duration : 100 minutes

$47 - $69 + booking fee

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QPAC - Playhouse

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
South Bank
QLD 4101

Wheelchair accessible, assistive listening available
Getting There

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Parking: Paid car parks at QPAC and South Bank Parklands
Bus: Cultural Centre busway station
Train: South Brisbane train station
Ferry: South Bank ferry terminal
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