Consisting of three short plays (each staged in parts), with a couple of musical interludes and a meal thrown in for good measure, Urban Theatre Projects’ Home Country is at once place- and site-specific.
The place in question is Blacktown, one of the city’s most multicultural suburbs. The site is a multi-level car park a short walk from the train station, which the audience ascends over the course of the evening.
The car park is in some ways the star of the show. The breeze coming in through the gum trees, the cawing of crows and the hum of early evening traffic, the gradual fading of the light: it’s a wonderfully singular space for a piece of theatre, with the suburb constantly bleeding in at the edges. (The owner of a nearby apartment came out onto her balcony at one point during the proceedings, wondering what all the hubbub was about. She went back inside and shut her curtains.)