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10-seat caravan theatre to host new-writing festival

The Kensington Karavan Festival will take place in London, around Portobello Market, in September and October
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A caravan that can seat 10 audience members is to host a festival of new writing, featuring work from writers including Abi Zakarian and Chloe Todd Fordham.

The festival is produced by Small Truth Theatre and will feature plays by eight writers, each lasting 20 minutes.

It will take place in London, around Portobello Market, in September and October. The festival programme will also be performed at the University of Hertfordshire’s freshers’ week.

The Kensington Karavan Festival features Emma Dennis-Edwards’ Spirit of Carnival, starring Danielle Vitalis, and Enough, by Abi Zakarian, starring Lilly Driscoll.

Zakarian said the festival had enabled her to write something “truly intimate, community-minded and immediate”.

She said the play she had penned drew inspiration from the local area.

“I want to create a little moment of magic on the streets, focusing on the idea of rebooting kindness in a world that seems out of control right now,” she added.

Todd Fordham has written Centre Ground, and said writing for the caravan space had enabled her to think “about the worlds that fit into the back of a caravan and how an audience might experience that world when they are so up-close”.

Other plays in the festival include Alison Carr’s The Way to Happiness, and Yanina and Elsa, by Jessica Butcher.

All plays are free, with the theatre company saying that its aim is to encourage non-theatregoing audiences to “experience the very best of theatre on their doorstep”.

Small Truth artistic director Yasmeen Arden said: “The Kensington Karavan is the most equalising and immediate theatre I’ve ever had the pleasure to work in and programme. This kind of honest storytelling has the power to have direct contact with our audiences and to create a bit of magic in our everyday lives.”

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