Theatre | That feeling of home | Ken Longworth

Dialogue, poetry and music: Tantrum Youth Arts’ Trajectory Ensemble in rehearsal for Home.
Dialogue, poetry and music: Tantrum Youth Arts’ Trajectory Ensemble in rehearsal for Home.

YOUNG people often have mixed feelings when moving into adulthood about living at home with parents and siblings. While they would have more freedom if they left the family home, they could face occasional difficulties if they didn’t have familial support.

So it’s not surprising that the Tantrum Youth Arts’ Trajectory Ensemble, whose members are aged 18 to 25, has put together a 70-minute show called Home, which uses dialogue, poetry, songs and music to explore what it means to feel at home.

The 11 Trajectory members in the show come from a large area that includes Newcastle, Maitland and the Central Coast, with one, Stephanie Rochet, having left her parents’ home in Chile to move to Australia 18 months ago.

Home was developed in association with PACT, a Sydney youth-based theatre company that has focused on emerging performers and experimental art for decades.

The show is being staged at PACT’s Erskineville theatre this week and will have a four-day season at Newcastle’s Civic Playhouse from October 11.

The Trajectory Ensemble members in Home have worked for one day each month since March with the show’s guest director, Janie Gibson, who grew up in Newcastle but left 14 years ago to broaden her theatre training. Now living in Melbourne, she gained experience working with ensemble theatre companies in Poland and the US.

Gibson notes that the collaboratively devised Home examines two different notions of “home” – living at home and feeling at home within yourself.

“It shows the complexity of belonging for a young person,” she said, adding that it gives older people the chance to hear the voices of the 11 cast members and what they feel about the world and the differences between the spiritual home and the romantic home.

Stephanie Rochet, the former Chilean resident, said that 18 months after leaving that country her original home was just a memory. 

Another cast member, Phoebe Turnbull, describes the show as “a cool exposure of the ‘normal’ of every day”, adding that people comfortable inside their homes could see things very differently.  And actor Roger Ly is pleased to be part of the show, saying “it has made me learn a lot about myself. And it’s funny and moving.” 

The other Home creators and actors are Sara Barlow, Thomas Lonsdale, Alexandra Mangano, Meghan Mills, Meg O’Hara, Taylor Reece, Rosie Scanlan, and Clare Todorovitch.

See Home at the Civic Playhouse nightly from Wednesday, October 11, to Saturday, October 14, at 8pm, plus  11am on the Friday. Tickets: $35.70; conc/junior $20.40. Bookings: 4929 1977.