Words: Caitlin Finnerty
Home by Temper Theatre is an exhilarating physical theatre spectacle that thrusts us into Imogen’s whirlwind of self-discovery as she re-examines her childhood home. Imogen’s return becomes a journey through East Anglian folklore and hazy memories, a mind-bending adventure of personal revelation.
From the get-go, the show’s five performers move in beautiful synchrony, a dynamic mix of contemporary dance and movement that’s both expressive and captivating. The stagecraft is truly something else, with ingenious lighting and shifting sets that effortlessly morph the stage into a haunting space.
Imogen’s tale of nightmares and echoing inner voices comes across with a raw intensity. Think Coraline meets Alice in Wonderland, with a hint of darkness. Dave Price’s original music adds tension, delving into themes like PTSD and trauma that add layers to the experience.
Home digs deep into the concept of ‘home,’ prompting us to reflect on what it truly means. The crafty set design elevates the already gripping narrative, ensuring the show grabs you right from the start. With its roots in contemporary dance, this production showcases Temper’s prowess in physical theatre. Whether you’re a fan of the genre or simply curious about an exploration of self and memory, Home strikes a perfect balance between a dark atmosphere and a glimmer of hope.
Pleasance Courtyard, Forth