A breathtaking and tender spectacle of illusion, choreography and storytelling that explores the everyday drama of what makes a house a home.
You are cordially invited to a magical house party on the grandest scale. HOME builds an entire house before your very eyes, and then explores how it turns into a home. With fixtures, fittings, and finally inhabitants. And even – maybe – a little help from you.
Actor, creator, magician and illusionist Geoff Sobelle won enormous praise for previous shows Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl in 2010, and the multi-award-winning The Object Lesson in 2014.
His new show, co-commissioned by the International Festival, is his most dazzling to date, as he throws open the doors and invites you to his party. HOME is a moving meditation on the relentless passage of time, and a breathtaking spectacle of illusion, choreography, inexplicable construction and live documentary.
As a whole house miraculously materialises around him, Sobelle explores how a home shapes the lives of those within it – from the humdrum rituals of showering, cooking and doing the washing, to the momentous events of births, deaths, even crazy parties.
With live troubadour tunes from Elvis Perkins and an ever-expanding crowd of residents past and future, HOME reveals how we’re haunted by previous inhabitants of our homes, and how we in turn will haunt those who come after us.
Witty and wise, hearty and hilarious, lively and life-affirming, HOME is both experimental and thrillingly immediate, full of wonder and excess. It captures all the drama and emotion of our everyday lives.
'a delicious piece of dreamlike visual theatre and sleight of mind'
★★★★★ 'there is a poignancy to Sobelle and co’s extended study of human behaviour'
★★★★★ 'unlike anything else you'll see in Edinburgh this year'
Scottish Daily Mail
★★★★ 'A visual feast and incredible feat of logistics, HOME presents a moving study on the poetics of time'
★★★★ 'an often magical, meditative piece on what a home can be'
★★★★ 'Playful, heart-warming and dazzling'
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Ingenious ... HOME captures the drama of everyday life.The Boston Globe
Full of humanity and engages an audience in a way that no movie or traditional play ever can.Boston Theatre Examiner
Geoff Sobelle Creator
Steven Dufala Scenic designer
Lee Sunday Evans Director
Elvis Perkins Original songs
David Neumann Choreographer
Stefanie Sobelle Dramaturg
Christopher Kuhl Lighting designer
Brandon Wolcott Sound designer
Karen Young Costume designer
Steve Cuiffo Illusion designer
Victoria Ross Props designer
Sophie Bortolussi Performer
Josh Crouch Performer
Jennifer Kidwell Performer
Justin Rose Performer
Geoff Sobelle Performer
Ching Valdes-Aran Performer
Elvis Perkins Musician
Commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Arizona State University – Gammage and New Zealand Festival