Home Sweet Home

Drop in during our three-day event, and help us build a miniature, flat packed cardboard town; a new community.

Build alone, as a group, or as a family. Choose a plot, a property and then decorate it. Together with your neighbours, you decide street names and make plans for Stratford-upon-Avon’s newest suburb.

Reflecting some of the themes in Kimberley Sykes’ As You Like It: How does society reflect and influence you? Can you be a unique individual as well as part of a community? What would our society look like if we could start again?

Let your imagination run wild. Build a house, factory, nightclub. Make your real estate dreams a glorious cardboard reality.

a cardboard town is created by individuals, designing their own homes from craft materials
Photo by Clara Molden © Subject to_change Browse and license our images

PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Suitable for all ages

Friday 25 January - 10am - 5pm
Saturday 26 January - 10am - 4pm
Sunday 27 January - 11am - 4pm

It is free to participate in Home Sweet Home but there is a limited number of properties. You can just drop in, but we would recommend booking your property in advance. One free ticket secures one property. Each property can be made individually, in pairs or groups.

Book online or call the RSC Ticket Hotline on 01789 331111

Buy tickets

From Friday 8 February the community becomes an exhibition. Hear the stories behind the properties and learn how the community was built. Leave a planning application to create additional buildings or change the use of existing properties.

Home Sweet Home is conceived and directed by Abigail Conway and Lucy Hayhoe


About the artists

Home Sweet Home was co-created by Abigail Conway and Lucy Hayhoe in 2006 for their graduate show at Goldsmiths College, University of London. The piece was born from a desire for adults to play, and to create an environment that encouraged its audience to participate and take ownership of their individual experience.


Abigail Conway

Abigail Conway is a visual artist and creator of live art. Abigail works with material objects, craft and actions to create playful site-specific installations and immersive encounters for audiences. Her work crosses many disciplines, including; sound and video design, music technology, nature, architecture and performance. 

Abigail’s work has been presented in galleries, theatres, architecture festivals and showcased by the British Council. It has been presented nationally across the UK including: Battersea Arts Centre, ICA, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, The National, Forest Fringe, The Wellcome Collection, Attenborough Centre for Contemporary Arts, Wales Millennium centre, Latitude and Summerhall. Internationally, her work has toured Europe, China, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Canada and the USA.

Lucy Hayhoe

Lucy Hayhoe is a live artist making installation based experiences and performances. Her work ranges from intimate encounters to large-scale installations. Hayhoe is interested in collective creation and open structures that encourage social engagement. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2006 where she studied Drama and Theatre Arts and is currently preparing to undertake an MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins in September 2017.


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