Caravan Farm Theatre is a national institute for cultural advancement and a resource for all. We are a world leader in large-scale outdoor theatre production: continually investing in our artists and arts practice to innovate and invent.
We are a centre for artistic development: programming classes, workshops and residencies that advance both the professional arts practitioner and the amateur. We are a public arts space: providing the opportunity for meaningful engagement with arts and culture via year-round access to this extraordinary natural environment. We are responsible stewards: managing our resources with care, wisdom, and generosity, to ensure the ongoing vitality, prosperity, and relevance of Caravan Farm Theatre.
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. 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.
We have been in operation here in Spallumcheen since 1978, originally as the Caravan Stage Company, a horse-drawn touring company that brought socially engaged, populist theatre to rural communities throughout BC and Alberta. The farm was purchased to function as the company’s headquarters and touring base, but a local audience quickly developed for theatre produced on the farm, and, in 1985, the touring faction split from the farm to pursue life and theatre on the road (and then the open seas) and Caravan Farm Theatre was created. The company became known for large-scale, spectacular narrative works, featuring music, mask, and site-specific staging. In the mid-nineties a winter show was added to the season, and in 2005, a fall show.