Intense and powerful emotion at the heart of new play Caravan Of Love

Caravan Of Love at Printers Playhouse
Caravan Of Love at Printers Playhouse

Tom Daldry’s new play Caravan of Love was inspired by and conceived in a caravan in the west of Ireland.

An intense, powerful one act play, it depicts the unravelling of a young couple’s relationship on their honeymoon, in an isolated setting; then a mysterious stranger calls.

This is Tom’s first play, and the first to be produced. The play was well received when introduced to a live audience at a rehearsed reading last year.

It will be doubled with another of Tom’s one act plays – also set in a caravan. It’s Now Or Never is a savage comedy which addresses themes of physical and emotional abuse.

Tom commented of Caravan Of Love: “The piece’s first public airing was last September, as part of First Heard, John Knowles’ project to support new writing. To hear one’s work read by professional actors is a rather powerful experience – almost enough to induce another emotional breakdown. I realised that I was baring my soul in public – and that the artistry is in disguising that for an audience.

“Its positive reception encouraged me to send an application to Prague Fringe Festival... It’s a prestigious English language speaking arts festival, and is by invitation only. Not only did I not expect anything to come of it, I didn’t tell anyone I’d applied... I was thrilled that they said yes – and equally thrilled to find that two other Hastings-based artists have productions going there too. Emily Carding’s one-woman Hamlet and John Knowles’ Caliban’s Codex both grace Prague’s programme.

“Rehearsals started in late April, and is produced by Theatre Nation – following on from our recent production of Hamlet. I’m once again in awe of the wealth of artistic talent that’s so close to home. I’m working with three wonderful actors: Fiona Hardy, Gareth Wildig and Patrick Kealey (also the director) and have managed to schedule a small festival tour. It’s finding its shape, and it’s meaningful to experience emotional trauma transforming into – what I hope – will be a great piece of theatre.”

Caravan of Love will play at Printers Playhouse on May 25, Prague Fringe Festival May 29–June 2, Barnstaple Fringe Festival June 28-30, and Hastings Fringe Festival July 19.