The One Room of the House

The One Room of the House is a series of seven monologues all set in the smallest room of the house, the toilet. Each monologue explores one of the seven deadly sins and their place in today’s society. Are they still considered the big bad? Or do they now have a celebrated place in us all?

Pride: A young gay man explores and rehearses how will come out to conservative family and how to express his acceptance and pride in his identity.

Gluttony: A stressed girl recounts the night before. A night full of drinking , dancing and overindulgence all to escape the anxieties of her day. Haven’t we all needed to blow off steam?

Lust: A young passionate woman has an itch only she can scratch. She ponders whether feeding her insatiable hunger is normal or signs of a deeper problem.

Wrath: Two angry teenage brothers escape the horrors of their neglectful parents to the one room where they won’t be bothered. They plan their revenge against those that they feel have ruined their lives and find solace in their brotherly bond.

Sloth: An exhausted mother struggles to find the energy to look after her twins. Each morning is a struggle to get out of bed. After an incident where her son gets hurt when she’s too exhausted to pay attention, she beats herself up on her self-perceived laziness.

Envy: A jealous young man sees a friend from high school in a popular tv show living the life he wish he had. He struggles with coming to terms that his lack of success is due to his own entitlement.

Greed: A woman is angry with her ex boyfriends new relationship. She has mixed feelings about it and doesn’t know whether she is just being selfish or if her feelings are perfectly acceptable.


Campus Address

Room DG.47/48
University of the Sunshine Coast,
90 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs QLD 4556

2 reviews

  1. Go change the world!

    The One Room of the House
    For those theatre lovers who seek confronting themes in bare stage settings, The One Room of the House is here! At last, theatre with impact on the Sunshine Coast, bursting into our tropical, traditionally, quiet theatre world of bedroom farces, murder mysteries and drawing room dramas.
    More theatre like this please! Theatre should not always be a comfort and entertainment zone – theatre can teach, shock us into action, theatre throughout history has changed people’s lives and started revolutions.
    This play is an insight into the world of relationships, a realistic view of what surrounds us but refuse to see. The straight, the gay, the depressed, the lonely. Anthony Borsato and Alaxzandra Allen took The Seven deadly sins, aka the capital vices that originate from the grouping of vices in Christian religion, and gave them a voice. This was theatre that I had to consciously think about, and I love that. This style of theatre is not for everybody, its confronting, it has bad language and the space is most definitely not a theatre.
    If this is your thing or you want to see how a lecture room at USC can be transformed into a theatre space, with ambient lighting and well planned sound effects and projections then this is for you. Come and be confronted and perhaps start a revolution!
    All of the performers in the piece are students busily working on completing their degrees, beautiful monologues full of verbal knives and bombs, feathers and fur. Characters gentle and tough, it was like being offered a box of chocolates, I had no idea what I was going to get each time the characters took their turn to bring us their experiences, their tale.
    Don’t miss this production if all you have ever seen is gentle drama, try witnessing the world from a harder seat in a barer space. It’ll shock, it will surprise, and you might not forget it for a long time. A well written piece, beautifully performed by all. Simple, thought provoking and unforgettable.
    Catherine Steer
    Artistic Director
    Queensland School of Performing Arts

  2. Arrive in time to find D49


    Key information for anyone attending this is show is D49. The University of the Sunshine Coast is not huge ,compared with other campuses. But if the A4 signs have disappeared from the bit of the campus you arrive at, you will need to know this key nugget of information in order to get to the show.
    I’d also suggest you aim to arrive early (we were there in plenty of time). Unlike many of the shows and events I have been to in Queensland—and certainly at most of the established, non-AnywhereFest traditional theatre venues, which seem to start fashionably late—this show is likely to start on time. Indeed, for the show I saw on 7th May 2017, the 3pm performance started 6 minutes early. This did mean that many of the members of the audience didn’t get to see each of the 7 monologues. Which was a pity as one of the best performances of the show was therefore over by 3 minutes past 3 (‘Gluttony’).
    The advertising suggests that the production questions whether the 7 deadly sins are “still considered the big bad? Or do they now have a celebrated place in us all?’ Certainly there were some interesting re-imaginings of what might be defined as ‘sins.’ For example with ‘Wrath’ ( a double monologue considering the frustration of a trans offspring), and with ‘Pride’ (gay pride? Or the pride of a grandparent whose interpretations of Biblical texts lead to a strong belief that homosexuality is the only way).
    For me, the strongest performances were by Georgia Toner (Gluttony) and Tamara Collins (Sloth). In the hands of Collins, the ‘Sloth’ monologue was moving and believable; we felt the pain, anguish and sheer weariness of the wife who had elected to bear the IVF twins. We sympathised with her frustration and anguish at the response of her wife, understood her concern that “my babies are feral, and they are trying to kill me,” and worried at her decision to hide the anti-depressants.
    The show is set in ‘the one room of the house’—which the Director/co-author (Anthony Borsato) explains as being inspired by the escape that can be had in spending time in the smallest room. Time for reflection, and for honesty. Given that the toilet is often the ‘smallest room’ in the house, it is an interesting observation by the main playwright that this small room often provides the freedom and space for introspection. I certainly would like to have see more of an emphasis on the confines of the ‘smallest room’ space—which was best performed during the Sloth monologue.
    This is a student production (University of the Sunshine Coast Ursa Major Theatre Association), and I congratulate all of the participants for their enthusiasm.
    Tickets 51 minutes. The show has 6 performances during the Anywhere Festival (tickets still on sale for 14th and 21st May)

    Catherine Lawrence
    The reviewer attended the 7th May 2017 (3pm) performance.

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The One Room of the House @ USC


University of the Sunshine Coast
90 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs QLD 4556

90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs QLD 4556
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Cultural, Art & Community


Sunshine Coast

Duration/Opening Times

60 - 65 mins