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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Caravan
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The dilapidated old caravan might be full of musty carpet and faded dreams, but for years a mother and daughter have called it home.

With nowhere else to go, Judy and daughter Donna live on top of each other, knowing the other won’t leave: they’re stuck, and will be till the end.

Judy holds court from the caravan’s double bed, surrounded by pills, a breathing machine and a flat-screen TV. Donna is just desperate not to die there. Donna’s looking to be whisked away by a Tinder date, but as the phone pings and Judy sucks oxygen from a mask in the tiny, cluttered space, they bicker and make up, scream and threaten violence and dream of better things.

Bitter and hilarious, tender and toxic, Caravan is a darkly comic look at life on the margins and the universal need for love.' (Production Summary)

Production Details

  • First performed at the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, 5-22 October 2017.

    Cast: Susie Dee and Nicci Wilks.

    Set and Costume Design : Marg Horwell

    Lighting Design : Andy Turner

    Sound Design : Ian Moorhead

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Works about this Work

Caravan Delivers a Glimpse of Women on the Edge with Sweet Comedy Sandra D'Urso , 2017 single work review essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 9 October 2017;

'Despite its forays into dark subject matter, Caravan, staged as part of the Melbourne Festival, is a rather sweet comedy. Described as a “darkly comic look at life on the margins”, it is also a curious blend of vaudeville with faint notes of magic-realism. It delivers cheery choreographed sequences set to popular music, rapid-fire comic delivery, while touching on the social realities of gender and class disparity.' (Introduction)

Caravan Delivers a Glimpse of Women on the Edge with Sweet Comedy Sandra D'Urso , 2017 single work review essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 9 October 2017;

'Despite its forays into dark subject matter, Caravan, staged as part of the Melbourne Festival, is a rather sweet comedy. Described as a “darkly comic look at life on the margins”, it is also a curious blend of vaudeville with faint notes of magic-realism. It delivers cheery choreographed sequences set to popular music, rapid-fire comic delivery, while touching on the social realities of gender and class disparity.' (Introduction)

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