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Homebuddies

Comedy / Free / Participatory / Theatre


So.Glad Arts & It’s Not a Box Theatre


Venue
Lisgar Park / Evergreen Brick Works


August 9, 6:30pm

August 10, 11:00am


60 Minutes


Ticket Price
FREE (no registration required)

Photo by Andre Alvarez Oliva

The Homebuddies are a roving collection of anthropomorphised houses ready to find their new owners. These little rascals are led around by the Property Manager, who tries to find the ideal spots for their neighbourhood — anywhere with untapped property value.

As they roam, the Property Manager invites the audience to participate in their world through a host of interactions, including dance, auctions, house-hunting (bow and arrow provided!), a petting zoo and much more — all to sell the Homebuddies to those most deserving. Compete to earn your Homebuddy, increase its property value and keep it out of trouble.

Currently in Canada there are 5 empty homes for every unhoused person; that’s 1.3 million empty homes that stand as monuments. A co-production between So.Glad Arts and It’s Not A Box Theatre, Homebuddies calls us to re-examine the relationship between the homes of our bodies and the bodies of our homes.

August 9, 6:30pm / Lisgar Park

August 10, 11:00am / Evergreen Brick Works

Kris Alvarez, Torien Cafferata, S.E. Grummett, Sam Kruger: Performers
Charlie Peters: Director
Caleigh Crow: Dramaturg
Amberlin Hsu, Brooklynn Bitner: Designers
Brooklynn Bitner, Danny Knight, Emily Rempel, Kris Alvarez, Torien Cafferata, S.E. Grummett, Sam Kruger: Devising Team
Based on Concepts by Amberlin Hsu, S.E. Grummett, Torien Cafferata


Homebuddies is supported by SK Arts, Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals, and Canada Council for the Arts.


All performances of Homebuddies are designated as Relaxed Environments


Advisories

 

Content Advisory for Homebuddies:

Homebuddies is a roving, interactive performance that takes place in public spaces. It is also improvisatory and thus no two performances will ever be quite the same. The show is participatory. Audiences will never be forced to participate but may be asked to do so and will, in all cases, be spoken to directly by the performers. The tone of the show is tongue-in-cheek and silly.

Some semi-scripted moments of the show included cartoonish violence (including a depiction of an execution), depictions and satirical discussions of housing insecurity, and embodiments of class-based oppression. There are also cartoony performances of sex, childbirth, and the excretion of bodily fluids.

Sensory Advisory for Homebuddies:

Homebuddies is a roving, interactive performance that takes place in public spaces. It is also improvisatory and thus no two performances will ever be quite the same. The performers may make sudden movements in close proximity to audiences. At times, audience members may be invited to touch the performers and/or their props. Simulated urination and “frothing at the mouth” take place in some performances, as does non-realistic simulated sex acts (i.e. humping like dogs). Amplified pop music may be played with performers singing into a microphone.


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