Woman wearing headphones in front of a stained glass door


Next Wave Festival May 1-11, 2014

HOME is a site-specific audio theatre work that invites audiences into the home of a stranger.

“I always thought I’d go first,” was one of the first things someone said to me when I began asking people what it is like to grow older. Intrigued, I began searching for stories about the people left behind, people alone in houses that once sheltered families. What does it mean for older people to reconsider whether they will be able to maintain their homes and the independence they represent into the future?

HOME invited audiences into a private residence in Kensington. Surrounded by a lifetime of memories, treasured bric-a-brac and chewed dog toys, audience members explored this private world. Listening to an intimate audio story whilst traveling alone through rooms of the house. HOME asked audiences to consider what it means to be the last one left in a house when your children are grown and partner is gone.

“Simple and meditative, Home is a deeply moving exploration of ageing, mortality and the earthly traces we leave behind.” - Rebecca Harkins-Cross

HOME was the first part of a planned trilogy of works about ageing. The second work in the series, VILLAGE was presented at Junction Festival in Launceston in 2016 and explored the role that retirement villages play in our communities and in the lives of their residents.


Brienna Macnish
lead artist, creative producer, writer
Robert D Jordan
collaborator, composer, collaborator
Michele Lee
script consultant
Ashlee Hughes
visual designer
Joshua Lynzaat
creative collaborator, creative development 2013
Rosylyn Oades

Erica McCalman
producer, for Next Wave Festival
Sarah Grey
production manager
Natalie Breakwell
assistant production manager
Jo Leishman
accessiblity coordinator

Amelia Ducker



Sonia Harford, "Next Wave Festival: Speaking for the Silenced", The Age, 5 April 2014

Linda Belardi, "Connections to Home", Australian Ageing Agenda, 22 April 2014

Alice B., "The HOME experience", Aged Care Online, 5 May 2014

Dallas Bastian, "HOME truths", Aged Care Insite, June 10 2014


Eleanor Zeichner, "Coming Home", Exeunt Magazine, 24 May 2014

Rebecca Harkins-Cross, "Home show a kitchen-sink drama, minus the residents", The Age, May 20 2014.


Very special thanks to Marian Neal and Laney Edgell without your support and generosity this project would not have been possible.

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HOME has been commissioned by Next Wave Festival's Kickstart Program 2013. HOME has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is also supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne 2014 Arts Grants Program. HOME will be assisted through HotHouse Theatre’s A Month in the Country residential program, a project delivered in partnership with Albury City.