HOME INVASION

by Christopher Bryant

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HOME INVASION

by Christopher Bryant

Home Invasion is an exploration into stardom and celebrity obsession, in particular focusing in on three incidents from real life: that of obsessive Paula Abdul fan June, who auditions for "American Idol" in an attempt to impress her idol, that of Sam, a young girl who enters a relationship with Anthony, her mechanic that veers towards the dangerous as she grows in her obsession with Anthony to include Carol, his depressed wife who has dreams wherein a ghostly JonBenet Ramsey visits her.

The play starts with an interview with Paula Abdul hinting that June’s infatuation has gone awry, which is cut into by an Interlude by a cacophony of anonymous online voices lamenting and mocking June's death before launching into the first of three of Sam's "master plans"; an imagined and violent confrontation between a gun-toting Sam and a terrified Carol. The three women’s stories continue, with June visiting Anthony’s mechanic office to buy a make similar to Abdul’s car in her 1991 video “Rush Rush”. Sam continues to fetishise her imagined attack on Carol and her life with Anthony post-attack, and Carol’s dreams become more vivid and disturbing. As the play ends, Sam convinces Anthony to go on holiday with her as she visits Carol and goes through with her attack, cracking in fear as she leaves Carol for dead. As the play ends, June dies in front of Abdul’s house and, a heavenly body, makes her way to heaven where thousands of screaming fans await.

This title appears in:

Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting (2015 nominee)

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