Home Theatre (UK)
Theatre Royal Stratford East's Home Theatre (UK) brings theatre to life in people's actual homes.
Collaborating on this innovative project enabled students within the Department of Film, Theatre & Television to work as associate artists on one-person performances staged in different homes across London.
Image credit: Barnabas Wilhelm
The performances take inspiration from the stories of those hosting them. For example, the performance poet Kat Francois performed "Fathers are forever" as part of the project, a play that took place in a single-parent, two-children home in Hackney. It explored issues such as absent fathers and fatherhood.
Ellie Dearing worked with Divian Ladwa on a performance written for, and staged in, an Indian care centre:
"As a Film & Theatre student the project was perfect because it allowed me to work collaboratively with my artist and director on the theatre side - looking at how to structure the performance and how the artist could use the space, whilst also allowing me to have my own individual piece of work to take away from the project with the film - experimenting with composition and various camera angles within the space, how I would work with the quality of light and sound, and how I could feed the camera in to the audience's experience within their homes."
Past students have been able to get involved in Home Theatre through our third-year module "Contemporary performance". The module explores current performance practice, including works in non-theatrical contexts and the functioning of digital technologies in live performance – the Home Theatre Project is an ideal fit with this.
"The students made a real contribution to the process of Home Theatre, forging dynamic working relationships with the performers."
Students get to take part in the rehearsal process and contribute to the development of the project, including the filming of the final performance. It's a great way for you to add to your portfolio of relevant practice, as well as develop your professional experience and proficiency.
"For the students involved, Home Theatre proved a profound experience, enabling them to work with theatre practitioners, in a professional environment, and to contribute to the development of performance made under unusual and stimulating constraints. The project enabled them to work with communities and collaborators they would not normally encounter as part of their course."
Watch a performance
Experience Home Theatre (UK) for yourself by watching this performance by Russeni Fisher.