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HOME ECONOMICS by Declan Greene at Theatre Works Explosives Factory

Project type

Theatre

Date

Feb 2024

Location

Theatre Works Explosives Factory

Role

Director and co-producer

Real food, real mess and a sickly saturated design underpin our society’s complicated relationship with overindulgence of all kinds in this new staging of acclaimed theatre maker Declan Greene’s ‘Home Economics’. It is a lip-licking critique of where desire meets violence that will leave you starving for more.
This emerging team offers their take on the triptych of FLOUR, SUGAR, and TRUFFLES: a deliciously icky series of character studies. Ruthless, biting and critical but also extremely human and touching, these short works reveal the writer’s genuine fondness for his characters.

Directed by recent VCA graduate Stephanie Lee, this production will overwhelm the senses and challenge moral superiority, reminding us that humans are incredibly complex individuals.

The roll call for these pieces goes a little something like... A gay home economics teacher tempted by his 14-year-old student. A young girl bullied by two teen dreams because her teeth all rotted out from too much sugar. A sex worker paid to have dinner with a tantrum-throwing businessman.

In 2024 this work speaks to the complex interactions of power, privilege, wealth, consumption, and violence. It is ultimately in the constant balance between the uncomfortable and the enjoyable, where the audience will find themselves for this rollercoaster of a work.

This project was presented as a part of Midsumma festival 2024.

'Director Stephanie Lee gives us a swift, no-frills indie production that pulses with human contradiction and proves a potent vehicle for a talented young cast to strut their stuff' - The Age (3 stars by Cameron Woodhead)

'This is an enjoyable if not especially polished production from an obviously talented company of well-cast artists' - theatre thoughts

'The set sparkles and shimmers and the actors are brave and bold. The visuals are strong and the topics are outrageous and authentic.' - What Did She Think?

Prod Team:
Prod Manager - Kate Speakman
Stage Manager - Catherine Baud
Director and co-producer - Steph Lee
Set Designer - Filipe Filihia
Costume Designer - Louisa Fitzgerald
Lighting Designer - Tom Vulcan
Sound Designer - Jackie van Lierop

Cast:
Flour...
Mr Lleyland - Edan Goodall
Phillip - Marko Pecer
Gerald - Ian Ferrington

Sugar...
Priscilla - Shanu Sobti
Troy - Alfie Baker
Cameron - Charlie Veitch

Truffles...
De Silva - Charlie Veitch
Dorothy - Sarah Iman

Photography by Ronin Green!

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