There’s No Place Like Home

A devised piece of verbatim theatre about eviction in the 2008-9 economic recession in America

A production by BA Acting and BA Theatre Practice students at Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

The performance took place in Studio 1 at Central on 4 December 2009.

Home is an English word virtually impossible to translate into other tongues. No translation catches the associations, the mixture of memory and longing, the sense of security and autonomy and accessibility, the aroma of inclusiveness, of freedom from wariness, that cling to the word home… Home is a concept, not a place; it is a state of mind where self-definition starts; it is origins; the mix of time and place and smell and weather wherein one first realizes one is an original, perhaps like others, especially those one loves, but discrete, distinct, not to be copied. Home is where one first learned to be separate and it remains in the mind as the place where reunion, if it were ever to occur, would happen.

A. Bartlett Giamatti

In 2009, over a period of three months, the company conducted interviews – in person, via skype, email or on the phone – with American citizens who lost their homes or whose homes were at risk of foreclosure due to the current economic crisis. Between October and December they created a show based on these interviews. The work of the company was assisted by the collaboration of playwright Tanika Gupta, director Catherine Alexander, lighting designer Nick Moran, sound designer Gregg Fisher, voice and dialect coaches Tara McAllister-Viel and Marina Tyndall, movement director Helen Heaslip, performer Lizzie Roper, projection designer Finn Ross, set designer Becs Andrews, cinematographer Dan Rack and sound designer Gareth Fry.

Creative team

Direction: Sinéad Rushe
Assistant direction: John Montegrande with Jordan Dawes
Stage Management: Greg Sharman
Production Management: Tal Landsman
Stage/Costume Design: Rebecca Sian Hutchins
Sound Design: David Sharrock and Cristina De Risi
Lighting Design: Abigail Bates
Projection Design: Adam Young

Cast

Fisayo Akinade, Nadia Balfe, Laura Dewey, Sarah French, Sara Green, Peter Hobday, Magnus McCullagh, Elizabeth Menabney, Peter Randall, Nicholas Rowe, Cherrelle Skeete, Hormuzd Todiwala, Paula Videniece, Rhiannon Wallace, Miles Yekinni.