Architecture revue finds a home in audiences' hearts

6 September 2012

The 2012 Architecture Revue, Game of Homes, delighted audiences at the Seymore Centre for three performances commencing 30 August.

Part of the University's larger revue season, the Architecture Revue has been a part of student life in the Wilkinson Building since the 1960s. Despite being named the Architecture Revue, the Revue Club is open to students from across the breadth of the Faculty's programs, including postgraduates.

2012 Director Daniel Quach says that bringing all the elements of a revue together is a tall order, particularly given the competing pressures of university study and students' work schedules. He says the writing team had to be ruthless to avoid producing too much work to pack into a show.

"In the end, the Revue becomes a hugely collaborative effort; each scene draws ideas not only from the actors that are in it, but also from each tangential comment, from each zany suggestion," Quach said.

"If it doesn't make us laugh, there is no way it will make anyone else laugh. It is this guiding principle alone that helps us figure out what works, and what doesn't."

The Revue holds a special place in the heart of many of the Faculty's staff, whom are lampooned for comedic gold. The willingness of students to engage in creative endeavours outside of their formal training is only one part of what drives the Faculty's thriving student community. Quach agrees that this vibrancy contributes to the success of the Revue.

"It brings students together who would otherwise would not and feeds off the naturally creative talents of students in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. While efforts in Design studio may culminate in grades, the Revue culminates in a real show, with a real audience, with real laughter and real joy."