Presented in a multi-level car park in Blacktown, Home Country is an epic story which shares perspectives on place and identity. Urban Theatre Projects gives audiences unforgettable experiences in unusual locations. Home Country, their latest partnership with Blacktown Arts Centre, makes its world premiere at Sydney Festival.
This powerful new work explores the meaning of ‘home’ in a narrative which weaves new work by writers Andrea James, Peter Polites and Gaele Sobott. Audiences will be guided through various levels of the car park in Sydney’s west, as the stories unfold, including, at one point, a communal feast for the audience.
Consistently challenging what theatre is and what it can do, Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) brings people together through telling contemporary Australian stories. Home Country grapples with our multi-faceted national identity – an issue that could not be more pertinent today.
Home Country is the story of urban Sydney told in three interweaving chapters from the perspectives of an Aboriginal man, post-war Greek migrant and a recently arrived immigrant to Australia. With Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Cheeky, as your host, over the course of the evening, audiences meet: Ali from Algeria and neighbor Zaphora who clash over cultural values; sharp-witted Pita caught between the old and the new Greek culture; and the Blacktown angel, restless in the afterlife.
Home Country continues UTP’s ongoing commitment to contemporary stories, cultural diversity, and ambitious theatre staged in non-traditional locations. UTP Artistic Director Rosie Dennis adds: “We anticipate that Home Country will be a potent and affecting experience for audiences, drawing deeply on the personal to reveal the universal. We are thrilled to be working with this calibre of local Sydney artists to once again tell real stories of people and tackle social issues that are at the heart of everyday life.”
Directed by Urban Theatre Project’s Artistic Director Rosie Dennis – one of Australia’s foremost makers and curators of contemporary art – Home Country is a theatrical triptych blending the intimate and the universal. Go on the journey as the sun sets over the Blue Mountains.