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Sunday, March 7, 2021

From the Hunter to Housos: Kyrah’s comedic debut

Kyrah Brock-Fenton has made the most of her time in lockdown – the 19-year-old is about to become a face you’ll easily recognise.

Tomorrow night, she will grace television screens as the country’s next big Tik Tok star, Holden, on the newest season of Housos.

The former Hunter School of Performing Arts student says it is amazing to be a part of the show.

“It was such an amazing experience,” she says.

“It was almost an out-of-body experience too because I was such a fan of the show and never dreamed of being a part of it.

“I’m just at a loss for words, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity – I was utterly speechless [when I got the role] and have been for the last six months.”

Housos 2020: The Lockdown is set to bring back the beer-drinking, bong-smoking, burnout-loving housos of Sunnyvale but this time they are in lockdown at the hand of COVID-19.

According to Kyrah, the lockdown is Holden’s fault.

“Holden is the daughter of Shazza, and she has a boyfriend named J-dog and they come to the house on a mission,” she says.

“Holden wants to be Tik Tok famous, but she breaks COVID restrictions and then gets put into lockdown with her mum and the other housos.

“She definitely makes some questionable decisions.”

Getting into character wasn’t a challenge for Kyrah; she just channelled “stereotypical bogan culture”.

“I did a lot of research and rewatched the old series,” she says.

“It was really fun and comical – I didn’t feel nervous, because everyone was so extreme and exaggerated.

“I fell into character really easily, I had it within the first day of filming and then it just got really fun.”

It’s not the first time she’s played a cheeky character. When Kyrah was 11, she starred in a version of Romeo and Juliet.

“The first ever role I played was Romeo and I made him a bogan,” she says.

“When I came out on stage the whole audience was in tears.”

Kyrah adds that viewers can expect a crazy ride when they tune in on Monday night.  

“It’s crazy and confronting but then also weirdly enough it’s all about community, with everything that is going on – we’ve all been through it,” she says.

“Despite the comedy and the confronting edge of the show we can all relate to the commonality of the virus and 2020.”

While she is nervous about how people will react to the show, she thinks it has the power to bring people together to have a laugh.

For Kyrah, 2020 has been a busy year, alongside filming Housos she has almost finished her first year of full-time study at the University of Newcastle.

Tune into 7Mate from 8.30pm tomorrow night (Monday 26 October) to watch her comedic television debut.

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