Home is a new multi-disciplinary production from Physical Lab’s Yorgos Karamalegos that premieres at the Unity this week.
Yorgos, one of the founders of Tmesis and Physical Fest, has been working from London in recent years, but is excited to return with an intense new work inspired by the story of Medea, that he says “will immerse the audience in a world of powerful emotions and senses”.
Home is Yorgos’s first main production after a decade of co-creating work. He said: “Home signifies a new beginning in my career after a decade with Tmesis and four years of research in theatremaking. I now feel equipped to experiment with daring ways of creating theatre. My ultimate goal is to create deeply engaging theatrical experiences, where my audiences can make their own interpretations on the story and to reflect them on aspects of their own lives.”
During the development of Home, Yorgos spent time in his homeland of Greece; the work is also inspired by his “second home” of Liverpool. “A lot of the writing in the play is based on notes being written while living in Liverpool,” he says. “Some scenes have the atmospheres of Liverpool, of course as I have experienced it. And it is moving to be able to share this with the city.
“The world of ‘Home’ is a poetic landscape that shifts between childhood to adulthood, in order to explore the feelings of desire, love, betrayal, suppression and revenge. It’s a piece of theatre that reads the symbolisms behind one of the most famous and powerful characters in the history of drama, as opposed to the literal interpretations.”
The peformance combines text, poetry, voices, songs and rhythms, movement and stillness in its exploration of the definition of one’s home. The production has been created in collaboration with Yorgos’s new ensemble of international artists Despina Sidiropoulou and Tatiana Spivakova, and is supported by movement director Pablo Aran Gimeno, who is one of the main dancers of Pina Bausch Tanzthater; costume design by Venia Palychronaki; and lighting designer Marc Williams, who is the former lighting operation manager at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, currently working with the National Theatre in London.
The show is produced by Hope Street Ltd and Physical Lab, and is supported by The Arts Council of England, Tmesis Theatre, Physical Fest and La Replique.
Catch Home at the Unity this Tuesday (November 24) and Wednesday (November 25). For tickets see their website.