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Productions     The Shipwrecked House

The Shipwrecked House is a tale of houses spliced with the sinews and dreams of its inhabitants … Trévien is completely in control of, almost literally, every molecule in the atmosphere

★★★★★ Exeunt Magazine

Visually, this is a stunning, atmospheric creation conjuring up hints and imaginings where a suitcase can reveal hoarded shells, or tiny coloured bulbs ablaze. Trévien steps nimbly through it all, spilling into grief, nostalgia, humour and charm with apparent ease. Both poet and performer, she uses every inch of stage and prop with an explorer’s hunger, rediscovering her own stories so we can share in them with her.

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Outside, a storm is raging. Inside, a darkened room preserves the fragments of a past underneath dust sheets. Sea-shells, voices, yellowing postcards: the flotsam and jetsam of a childhood spent beach-combing on the coast of Brittany. Stories emerge: of treasure found in tidal ponds, and women metamorphosing into serpents. But beneath the floorboards, the creaking groans of whales warn of unsettled futures.

In a sparkling one-woman performance that blends poetry with theatre, Anglo-Breton poet Claire Trévien navigates a shifting maritime landscape. Memory and myth from the Celtic fringe are transformed by her surreal, playful poetry – critically acclaimed, and longlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award. In her stage debut, Trevien evokes the sounds, sights and rich scents of the sea. But beneath the surface, a violent undercurrent stirs. What will she discover in the sodden debris? Will the storm break in?

Read a five-star review of The Shipwrecked House at Rich Mix, London
Read a review of The Shipwrecked House at Ledbury Poetry Festival


Audience responses

A wonderfully original interpretation of stormy, salty, brine soaked poetry

A wonderful, magical experience

Looked and sounded gorgeous and tasted quite definitely of salt

Language washed new

Wonderful… you’d be a fool to pass it up!

You really really should go see this show



Tour dates

11 JUL LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL
24 JUL THEATR BRYCHEINIOG, BRECON
21 SEP RICH MIX, LONDON
27 SEP THE CUBE, BRISTOL
29 SEP THE BIKESHED, EXETER
01 OCT NORWICH ARTS CENTRE
29 OCT YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY
30 OCT LIVE THEATRE, NEWCASTLE
13 NOV CANADA WATER CULTURE SPACE, LONDON
14 NOV BRIDPORT ARTS CENTRE
09 JAN OXFORD PLAYHOUSE (BT STUDIO)

Creative team

Writer/performer: Claire Trévien
Producer/director: Tom Chivers
Consultant director: Russell Bender
Music/sound design: Oliver Barrett
Set design: Gary Campbell
Lighting design: Claire Childs
Production assistant: Nick Murray
Perfumer: Sarah McCartney, 4160 Tuesdays
Photography: Field & McGlynn

Partners

Co-commissioned by Penned in the Margins and Ledbury Poetry Festival

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Development support from Canada Water Culture Space and Rich Mix