Caravan of Love

Theatre Nation


60 mins

White Moose Gallery

Thu at 4:15 p.m.

Fri at 4:15 p.m.

Sat at noon

This is a pay-what-you-will-show. There are no tickets but there will be a bucket-collection.

Caravan of Love

A caravan honeymoon. From hell.

A green-eyed monster rises, and triggers memories from the past - memories that are very much alive, and which torture the present.

A psychologically unsettling one-act play, which explores emotional abuse and the nature of relationships.

Caravan of Love is a one-act play that charts a honeymoon from hell. The writing has been described as 'the love-child of Beckett, Orton and Pinter', and the highly physicalised staging works in the Eastern European theatre tradition, to bring to life the claustrophobic emotional intensity of the play.

It is fitting that it will play at the White Moose, enfolded within its Dreams of Everyday Objects exhibition. Caravan of Love itself takes on a surreal, dreamlike quality, in how perception of emotional truths are just that: perceptions. The play makes heavy use of objects (in particular, a notebook and a frying pan) to unpick how these objects interact with emotion to influence behaviour. These objects trigger memories from the couple's past (memories that still live with them), and rupture their creation of what should be a beautiful memory - their honeymoon. Perception and memory, then, are key themes of Caravan of Love, where a couple are most certainly not having 'the time of their lives.

We are very excited to bring Caravan of Love to White Moose - fresh from Prague Fringe Festival. It received spectacularly positive audience feedback, with its final show selling out. Audiences were moved by the emotional intensity of the piece - "dark, disturbing and thought-provoking theatre". It was exciting to have my first play produced on an international stage, and to explore the different ways the piece works in different venues.

We brought the largest set of any company - ferrying it across to France, and driving to the Czech Republic. This allowed a visually striking and aesthetically beautiful show (as I hope the photos attest to), but brought severe problems after the run, when our trusty Ford Focus got written off and I had to work out how to transport it from Eastern Europe back to the UK. An AA rescue mission, a hired van and an 18-hour journey ensured its safe return - ready for its Barnstaple run. The set worked hard to get here; these are objects that want to be interacted with.

some strong language & sexual references