THE HOME SHOW
The Home Show is a rich tapestry of stories and images about the past, present, and future of the home front. Created by William Beddoe, Laurie Fyffe, Jacqui Du Toit and Norah Paton with an original sound score by Jack Pyl. The play offers poignant memories, tense encounters, and - of course - a good dose of humour. The Home Show had its first presentation as a 45 minute show at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, June 8 to 18, 2017.
The Home Show is now entering its second stage of development. For information on The Home Show contact Laurie Fyffe at ad AT evolutiontheatre.ca.
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The Home Show
by Evolution Theatre
Reviewed for Apartment 613 by Amanda Dookie
June 10, 2017
People say home is where the heart is but in The Home Show it’s about so much more than that. While we all have our own unique concept of “home” this new work directed by Laurie Fyffe brings together a variety of themes, creating a story about Home that is relatable.
Featuring a small yet diverse cast of three actors and one musician, the set of The Home Show is around a stage embellished with small illuminated paper houses. As a bonus, Fringe-goers are in for a special treat with this performance because it features live music which adds a well-rehearsed soundtrack to the entire performance. In a small theatre it was easy to hear and see the actors. They each played several different roles which showcased their diversity and Jacqui Du Toit was extra-believable with her accent changes for different roles. With a simple set, a few appropriately selected props, sound effects and a relatively short running time to work with, The Home Show is a well-rounded production. The only thing affecting the ambiance of this performance was the lighting cues that could be heard from the second row of the audience. *
The Home Show touched on very real topics that are close to the heart, such as the housing crisis, homelessness, and political and social conflicts. We may all share different opinions on these topics but I’m willing to bet you’ll walk away with a “take home” message after this show, even if it’s different from your neighbour’s.
* Problem noted and solved. - Evolution
Evolution Theatre Asks Big Questions in “The Home Show”
Reviewed for New Ottawa Critics by Brie McFarlane
June 11, 2017
The Home Show (not to be confused with House Show or The Dolls House) asks the very timely question: are we entitled to a Home? Produced by Evolution Theatre with new Artistic Director Laurie Fyffe at the helm, this show has a great cast, asks thought provoking questions, and has an incredible sound design containing zero pre-recorded sound cues (more on this later). The housing crisis here in Canada certainly affects a large portion of the population, young and Indigenous people especially (again, a little more on that later), and so I think this show is worth seeing if only to deconstruct your ideas about houses/housing and your conceptions of ‘Home’.
The piece is constructed through a series of vignettes interwoven with personal stories told by the three performers- William Beddoe, Jacqui du Toit and Norah Paton. We hear about Paton’s experience still living in the house she was legitimately born in; du Toit’s ‘rainbow house’ both during and after the South African apartheid; and Beddoe’s grandparents’ who move into a “temporary” house for 58 years after experiencing a tragic miscarriage. The aforementioned vignettes concern a man (Beddoe) who has a rather unfortunate run in with a panhandler (played by the musician/sound technician Jack Pyl) only to return to his apartment to find it strangely no longer his (I like to think the panhandler cursed Beddoe’s character prompting the strange turn of events). As the play continues we see the man continually manipulated by the Housing industry in his desperate attempt to reclaim a place of his own.
It asks some really profound questions one of which considers how you can call a place like Canada home if it’s not technically your homeland? There is so much awareness surrounding the crisis young (middle class) millennial’s are facing when it comes to owning homes here, but many Canadians choose to ignore the stark reality that there are Indigenous communities currently living without basic fundamental needs (i.e. clean water, accessible food and health care). So, how can we claim entitlement to accessible housing while there are large portions of the Indigenous population living in squalor? Not a question easily answered, obviously, but a great place to start the discussion.
Honestly, my favourite part of this whole show is the sound design. I have to commend director Fyffe for the decision to bring on Pyl and his incredible musical talents. Each sound is composed directly on stage with Pyl playing an impressive number of instruments that are far too many to list and really just need to be heard live. I feel like the ensemble really jives with the musical composition on stage too, allowing the rhythms to punctuate their speech quite naturally. All in all, probably one of my favourite aesthetics so far at this year’s Fringe.
The Home Show (not to be confused with House Show or with The Dolls House) is a solid presentation from Evolution theatre and I would love to see them continue on in this vein. Definitely worth checking out.
Photos and images below by Merritt Decloux.