WHO WE ARE
Caravan Theatre is a company of creatives who thrive on bringing social issues to the forefront of minds through innovative and challenging theatre. Using our fully mobile, self-reliant converted caravan as our theatre space, we specialise in engaging young adults with hard-to-discuss subjects, such as sexuality and mental health. Harnessing the power of theatre, we aim to illuminate and then electrify our audience into discussion and debate.
Since we began touring in 2015 we’ve toured to over 21 Universities and engaged over 5000 students.
Thanks to the support of Universities, this year we received our first Arts Council England grant. This will enable us to make some much needed caravan refurbishments, make our work far more accessible and develop a way to make the company more sustainable.
TOURING IN 2019
For 2019/20 academic year we have 3 plays touring simultaneously: Can't Touch This, The Time of Your Life and Ninety Four Thousand.
How it works: We’ll come to your campus, set up the theatre and start performing. For one day on site we’ll perform a play 8+ times to an audience of up to ten people per show. We aim to create a buzz around the Caravan. To do this we chat to students about what we’re doing, what the play is about, what times they can see it and hand out any information you provide.
After the performance, we ask them to write their reactions to the play, including their thoughts, feelings and politics up on the caravan, which is also a blackboard. This encourages students to take ownership of their opinions and allows them the opportunity of expressing themselves in a tangible but safe way.
Dates this year include: 18th September - University of Westminster, 21st September - University of Leicester, 24th and 25th September - De Montfort University, 26th and 27th September - University of Reading, 1st 2nd 3rd October - University of Sussex, 4th Octover - Plumpton College, 15th October - University of Essex and 16th October - Royal Holloway, University of London.
We'd love to come to your University and help with any existing campaigns especially around Consent, Mental Health and Hate Crime. Please get in touch to discuss prices and dates.
CAN'T TOUCH THIS
Can't Touch This debuted in 2015 and it's had some amazing and powerful reactions along the way. It's a short, sharp look at sexual harassment and consent on a typical night out for students, and what it takes to say no and to be heard.
THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE
The Time of Your Life follows Alex as he battles with stigmas around mental health problems at the same time as trying to identify his own illness. Through the play we aim to open up a dialogue and use it as a platform to disseminate information.
NINETY FOUR THOUSAND
Our brand new play Ninety Four Thousand will be having it's full tour this year after it's successful debut at University of Birmingham. This play concentrates on identifying hate crime and the serious ramifications of small actions of hate.
BBC SOUTH - 27TH SEPT 2019
BBC South was at University of Reading doing a feature on mental health at Universities. As part of raising awareness for mental health issues Caravan Theatre was there with our play, Time of Your Life. Reading University has had us on their campus for three years, helping raise awareness for mental health, consent and hate crime.
For our 2019/2020 tour our main focus is on making our work accessible and thanks to funding from Arts Council England we’re able to make this happen. This is a much needed step forwards for Caravan Theatre. Here’s how:
d/Deaf and hard of hearing: For those who are hard of hearing or are deaf but with English as their first language, we will be providing scripts of the plays to be read simultaneously to watching the play. For students or staff who are Deaf (whose first language is British Sign Language) we will be providing an iPad to watch a BSL interpretation of the play alongside a filmed version of it. This filmed version will also be available to watch online through a password protected system.
Wheelchair users: We are creating an alternative playing space suitable for wheelchair users. This will be a blackout marquee, which will be situated next to or nearby the caravan that the play can also be performed in. It will feature its own sound and lighting system and can be utilised at any time.
Blind or visually impaired: We will be able to offer live audio description on all performances.
The caravan will also be slightly more comfortable this year – no more wooden benches but instead soft cushioning to help cater for anyone with back pain or general discomfort.