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What is missing in its title is just what the play is about: Home. While festering family secrets make for delicious thespian pickings, Christopher Summers’ complex but extraordinary work casts its net wide.
Set in the familiar surrounds of suburbia Melbourne, across nearly four decades, No Place Like takes us to the realms of single-parent households, incestuous rape, familial vendetta, street violence, social apathy, free markets, discriminatory and destructive forces of conservative politics.
Two families find themselves intertwined when single-mother Astra (Alice Dawes) is reluctantly convinced that her son Trick (Ben Sheen) is in love with the voiceless daughter, Finn (Mattie Young), of conservative politician and philanderer, Warren King(Chris Runciman). What she does not know, however, is that Warren’s eccentric son, Kane (Joshua Lynzaat), is dangerously obsessed with her daughter, Donna (Ruby Mathers) — also fathered by Warren some 19 years ago.