''I used to live around here but then six years ago I went to America. Its all rock and sand... and it stretches... as far as you can see. And there's lots of insects there. And there's lots of insects there.'' Ruth, The Homecoming
The latest theatrical ritual begins this evening with a rendition of Harold Pinter's Homecoming and lasts four days. The location is a grim basement, the set uses the charged ''solomon blocks'' now with elemental signatures a la Power card from Thoth deck acquired during rehearsal work. Each elemental cube has domestic objects associated with the element arranged on or around it, there are potatoes and bricks for earth, an iron, toaster and microwave for fire, hairdryer and other hair care products for air and kettle, water filter, booze for water. These objects are charged by violent imagery and action within the play emphasising the violence which often lies at the heart of the family environment and particularly stressing violence against and objectification of women (or the feminine) whilst mocking the excesses of the patriarchy.
The action patterns laid out by the characters are based on the mood or nature of the language used (e.g. emotional charactrs may be positioned on the water cube, guns and lighters are acquired from the fire cube, the patriarch peels potatoes on the earth cube and the scene describing intellctual equilibrium is based on the air cube) and those patterns either lay out squares, trapeziums etc or a whirling motion within the square. This ritual work will evoke the elements in a Jupiterian context and those signatures will be returned to the Tower after completion in the sense of a return to a Tower which was a home once... Whilst the play is highly disturbing, like the Caretaker, it contains strong Jupiterian themes and is ideal for reflection and meditation - as the Caretaker was a meditation on charity, so the Homecoming is a meditation on the abuse of patriarchal power and the role of women within societies dominated by said patriarchy.
The ''capricorn'' which enters the elemental power square of squares is represented by the character of Ruth - an unwilling mother of three married to a doctor of philosophy who abandons him to become the whore of the family of her husband. The solar symbol is on the wall opposite the entrance and is the face of the ''son'' in his graduation robes (the photo has been defaced by his brothers).
The first devolution of the Earth Altar will have been completed with the original altar having produced the other three elements through the medium of the ritual. This is one of the primary reasons that Max the play's patriarch resides predominantly peeling potatoes in the Earth cube as ''Adonai ha Aretz''.
''I worked as a butcher all my life, using the chopper and the slab, the slab, you know what I mean, the chopper and the slab! To keep my family in luxury. Two families! My mother was bedridden, my brothers were all invalids. I had to earn the money for the leading psychiatrists. I had to read books! I had to study the disease, so that I could cope with an emergency at every stage. A crippled family, three bastard sons, a slutbitch of a wife - don't talk to me about the pain of childbirth - I suffered the pain, I've still got the pangs - when I give a little cough my back collapses - and here I've got a lazy idle bugger of a brother won't even get to work on time.'' - Max, The Homecoming, Harold Pinter