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.


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

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