Plays by Nadia Fall

Home (Fall)

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Nadia Fall's Home is a verbatim drama that combines real testimonials with music and song to explore the issue of homelessness amongst young people in London. It was first performed in The Shed, a temporary studio venue at the National Theatre, London, on 9 August 2013 (previews from 7 August).

The play's action is set in an inner-city high-rise hostel for the homeless, Target East. We encounter the hostel's residents and workers, each speaking to an unseen interviewer. Amongst them are: Bullet, who doesn’t want to call a hostel home; Eritrean Girl, who was smuggled into the country in a lorry; Singing Boy, who dreams of seeing his name in lights; and Garden Boy, who just wants to feel safe.

In an introduction to the published script (Nick Hern Books, 2013), Nadia Fall writes: 'I carried out interviews with the residents and some staff at [one of the largest hostels in East London] between autumn 2012 and spring 2013, collecting over thirty hours of interviews that have formed this play. ... I hope this play and the accompanying research and writing carried out by Esta [Orchard, Fall's friend and collaborator, and an active campaigner for young people] will give a voice to the all-too-often silenced young people of our capital'.

The National Theatre premiere was directed by Nadia Fall and designed by Ruth Sutcliffe, with music by Tom Green and Shakka. It was performed by Michaela Coel, Jonathan Coote, Trevor Michael Georges, Kadiff Kirwan, Ashley McGuire, Grace Savage, Shakka, Antonia Thomas and Toby Wharton.

Nadia Fall is a director, whose credits include The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), Hymn (National Theatre, then Duchess Theatre), The Doctor's Dilemma (National Theatre) and Disgraced (Bush Theatre), as well as working as Associate Director on the Olivier Award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. She is also Artistic Director of Naach Theatre Company.