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Dream Home premiered in May 2015 presented by Darebin Arts' Speakeasy at the Northcote Town Hall.

Nominated for seven Green Room Awards 2015:

Best Female Performer: Emily Tomlins
Best Set and Costume Design: Emily Collett
Best Lighting Design: Amy Lever-Davidson (as part of her win for Body of Work)
Best Sound/Music: Christopher de Groot (Winner)
Best Direction: Luke Kerridge (Winner)
Best Writing: Emilie Collyer
Best Production: Dream Home

Shortlisted Patrick White Award 2013

Shorlisted Edward Albee Scholarship 2012

DREAM HOME is a penetrating comedy about life in suburbia and the rude awakenings that come when you’re trying to hold it all together.

You can buy Dream Home script from Australian Plays here


Review quotes:

Playwright Emilie Collyer's Dream Home is a funny, yet profoundly sad, new work. In some ways it feels like a spiritual inheritor to Patrick White's The Season at Sarsaparilla, sharply rendering contemporary anxieties; holding misanthropy and compassion in equipoise as it skewers, and finds unexpected poignancy in, our futile attempts to keep the Great Australian Emptiness at bay.


Cameron Woodhead, Sydney Morning Herald. Read full review here.


Each of these stories could be separate and yet it is the community they create – a community made up entirely of mismatched pieces of humanity – that creates the bizarre and intoxicating atmosphere of danger, regret and sex, cloaked in the smell of cooking meat. 

Fleur Kilpatrick, school for birds. Read full response here.



A theatrical experience defined by daring and innovation.

Patricia Di Risio, Stage Whispers. Read full review here.


Lulls us with David Williamson-esque cues for suburban life, backyards and BBQs, but then breaks out into something more surreal.


Thomas Jones, Crikey. Read full review here.


Explores the Australian dream-nightmare with compassion and humour.

Christine Young, Theatre Press. Read full review here.


Balancing brutal honesty with quick humour, this piece will make you squirm in your seat with both laughter and empathetic awkwardness.

Katherine L Scott, Popculture-y. Read full review here.


The one play I regret not writing about this year was Dream Home, Melbourne playwright Emilie Collyer's surreal, bitterly funny skewering of the Great Australian Dream of home ownership. Subsequent productions may find this near-faultless indie première a hard act to follow.

Ben Brooker, ABR Year in Review


The ideas explored are very much of the zeitgeist but in this play they are invigorated through sharp humour, formal ambition and linguistic flare. This play stood out in the competition as a genuinely theatrical endeavour. 

Patrick White Award Judge's Report



Brian and Wendy are going up. Not in a vulgar way, it’s an ecological design. But there’s a crack growing in the wall and a foul stench seeping out. Worried about what the neighbours think they’ve invited everyone around for a BBQ to toast the future.

The past, however, has found its way onto the guest list.

As the house fills with guests both invited and unwelcome. Brian and Wendy must reconcile their middle class aspirations against war stories, comedic roasts, fallen stars and simmering libidos.

Dates: 20th May - 3rd June (preview 20th May, no show 24th, 25th May, 1st June)

Time: 7.30 p.m. (5.00 p.m. Sunday)

Place: Northcote Town Hall, West Wing Studio 1, 189 High Street, Northcote

Bookings: or (03) 9481 9500

The team:

Written by Emilie Collyer (The Good Girl, Once Were Pirates)

Directed by Luke Kerridge (Eurydice)

Cast: Christopher Brown, Ben Clements, Natasha Herbert, Olivia Monticciolo, Ben Pfeiffer, Emily Tomlins and Jackson Trickett.

Team: Mark Pritchard (producer), Emily Collett (set and costume design), Amelia Lever-Davidson & Damien McLean (lighting design), Christopher De Groot (sound and music), Natasha Phillips (stage management).

Dream Home is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund and is additionally supported by the Besen Foundation.


Watch Dream Home taster video here