Caravan Farm Theatre

PACT Membership: Affiliate Membership

PACT Caucuses: Rural Theatres,

PACT Region: 1 – British Columbia

Caravan Farm Theatre is a professional outdoor theatre company based on an 80 acre farm, 11Km NW of Armstrong BC.

Hailed as a national treasure, Caravan Farm Theatre is one of Canada’s premiere professional outdoor theatre companies, and has been entertaining audiences young and old, from near and far, since 1978.

There is no theatre building – just the great outdoors. Productions have been staged in nearly every corner of the farm – in a field, in the pines, in the barn or the riding ring. The shows range from classics like Shakespeare and Brecht, original works like Horseplay and Cowboy King. Annual productions include a Fall shadow play, a Winter one-act sleigh ride show, and in Summer, a full length musical.

We make our theatre meaningful by creating original works that explore political and social issues, and whose settings, characters and language are a reflection of the contemporary rural British Columbian experience. We harness the energy and integrity of the classic narratives to lend universality to the context of our rural here and now. Thus we can have a Bluegrass Opera based on the story of Faust, a modern western inspired by Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, and a lumber yard Joan of Arc – epic stories full of high stakes and high emotion, dressed in the clothes of our contemporary experience. Our relationship to the classic texts is likewise fuelled by a desire to explore those works whose themes and atmospheres connect to our life and times.

We make our theatre popular by telling these stories in an action packed, visually exciting manner – incorporating music, mask, physical comedy, horses and trucks, dogs and kids, whatever it takes to grab the audience by the coat and take them for a ride. We want to make theatre a vital experience, and feel the way to do that is to engage, to thrill, to involve. By accessing the energy of the rodeo, the celebration of the fall fair, and the ritual of the Easter parade, we aim to wed narrative with spectacle, high drama with honky-tonk, reflecting the rural experience back to the world with sophistication, complexity, boldness and originality.

Company Information:

  • Season Starts: January
  • Season Ends: January