The Home: an experiential entertainment about residential care

The Home is an experiential durational piece of theatre made by
writer/performer Christopher Green in collaboration with Entelechy
Theatre Company, drawing on their several years of shared work with
older people.

The Home creates an old people’s home, retirement village, assisted
living unit, sheltered accommodation.  Call it what you will, we all
know what we’re talking about.  The audience are invited to spend two
nights in The Home. They are the cared for, the patients, the service
users, the prisoners, the pampered. Call them what you will, we all
know who we’re talking about.

This is set in a venue where there are enough small rooms to create a
series of individual bedrooms for 30 people and some larger communal
rooms. This is either a real care home, either brand new or
decommissioned, or a student union or hostel.

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The staff are artists who all live in this kind of facility. They
are the collaborators who have co-created this piece.  They spend the
first twenty four hours replicating the kind of behaviour that they have
experienced for themselves.

Good, bad, messy, indifferent,
ill-thought-through, wonderful.  The varying degrees of care or not care
that working within a capitalist framework that demands care is seen to
be given and shareholders are seen to be paid.

After 24 hours a transformation occurs.  The staff begin to change
personality, the building to shape-shift.  The dystopian present becomes
a utopian possibility.  There is a vision of how things could be.  How
small changes bring big rewards.  Of course, some people still aren’t
happy.  And this leads to a discussion of the grown up nature of what we
are dealing with.  These are harsh realities.  Old age isn’t for
sissies.
 But dreaming, risk-taking and a desire to transcend the
possible is the job of art and artists.  The Home intends to push every
boundary in your two night stay.  And you’ll definitely have to play
Bingo.

This large scale theatrical presentation will be staged in the UK in Spring 2019 with international stagings starting in 2020

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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