Reviewer/Writer based in Melbourne. Keen interest in theatre, cabaret, circus, dance and any other form of performing arts.
Also a film, TV, fashion and art enthusiast.
Lived in Kyoto (04-06) and London (08-10).
Enjoy a good boardgame session with a nice glass of gin.
Home Invasion is a play that
looks at obsession and disconnection. It's about people dealing with
destructive behaviours in their lives; a housewife who is haunted by JonBenét
Ramsey, a schoolgirl with violent tendencies and a mechanic who feels guilty
for the death of a young woman.
The cast of six - Kristina Benton, Nathan Burmeister, Trelawney
Edgar, Ashleigh Goodison, Wayne Tunks and Grace Travaglia - worked
well in exploring their characters and allowing them to go down the dark path.
There were some well-crafted moments among them, with strong scenes between
Benton and Goodison and Edgar and Burmeister.
Unfortunately, the direction by Christopher Bryant was sorely
disappointing. There was too much sitting or standing and not enough doing in
this 90-minute show. The long scenes had no differentiation between them and
the acting seemed stifled because of this. Bryant however is a capable writer
and it was interesting to see how the separate threads from each story slowly
began to weave in together, but the musical interludes with the cast singing
could have been cut.
The stage set up was also lacking in Home
Invasion. With no "backstage" area, when the actors were not in
the scene that was being played out, they sat on stools directly behind the actors.
The proximity of how close they were proved to be very distracting with every
drink they took from their water bottle, every itch that was scratched or any
readjustment that was made being done in plain sight of the audience.
The extremely minimal set design did not help with either, and seemed to actually be hindering the show from building the environment these people lived in. Apart from the wall painted pink, there was nothing visually stimulating about the show. The venue may be small but I’ve seen many productions performed in this theatre where somesimple set pieces and discreet visual touches helped immenselyto bring their worlds to life for the audience. Whilstthe writing and the acting in Home Invasion are admirable, I ultimately felt the remaining elements of the show still need to be further developed to allow the audience to build a stronger connection with the characters andthe chilling world they are creating for us.