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.

  • black comedy
  • 80
  • 6 total
  • 4 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 40

EXTRACT: I woke up this morning and you were gone. I rose earlier than usual and still, somehow, I missed you, the grand expanse of white sheet either side of my deprived body somehow mocking me, one side still damp with your sweat and cool to the touch. But that’s not out of the ordinary. It is hard, though; it’s really fucking hard. I want to ask, when I see you, like some idiot woman in a midday movie about infidelity – I want to ask, “where do you go?” But we know that’d be pointless; you and I both.

Adult language, Adult themes


Female | Teen | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 11

EXTRACT: He stands and stares at me, that’s all. That’s all; just stares – two eyes, perfect crystal circles puncturing tiny holes across the tightness and fullness of my chest, my neck, my lips. My birthday’d just passed and Mom’d taken me to the salon on a whim; said I could get whatever treatment I wanted. Happy Birthday, Sam, but here’s a tip: you’re never too young to be more beautiful.

Adult language, Adult themes



"This hard hitting play examines the ways in which our homes are invaded not just by violent intruders, but also by cultural products that make us cringe because of their cruel ability to damage our self esteem."



Audio review for Art / Smitten program.

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