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Small Truth Theatre in association with Theatre503 presents...


Written by Alison Carr
Directed by Yasmeen Arden
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RUNNING TIME: 2hrs (inc. interval)

TAILORED PERFORMANCES: 7.30pm5th (Relaxed) & 12noon, 12th (Parent & Baby)

Bayview is the only B&B closed for business on the busiest weekend of the year in this faded seaside town.

Greasy fish n chips, sticks of rock and pot-bellied Spiderman is throwing himself off the pier. The annual ‘Birdman’ competition is in full flight.

Caterpillar is a darkly funny, searing and tender drama about when we find ourselves standing on the edge, do we dare to step off? 

Caterpillar is written by the acclaimed Alison Carr and directed by Yasmeen Arden for the award winning Small Truth Theatre. A finalist in the prestigious Theatre503 Playwriting Award, this is the world premiere of Caterpillar.



RELAXED: For this evening, we take a more relaxed view of Front of House etiquette, with the auditorium door left open for audience to come and go as required. House lights are left on and sound levels reduced. Any strobe / ‘flashing light’ cues will be omitted also.

PARENT & BABY: Alterations to the production apply as above.

Alison Carr

Alison was born and raised in the North East. She recently completed an attachment with the National Theatre and her credits include HUSH (Paines Plough, RWCMD, The Gate); IRIS (Live Theatre, winner Journal Culture Awards ‘Writer of the Year’); THE SOAKING OF VERA SHRIMP (winner Live Theatre/Empty Space Bursary Award) and FAT ALICE (Traverse Theatre, Oran Mor, The Lemon Tree).

Alison is a member of the Traverse Fifty and a founder member of Forward Theatre Project with whom her work includes CLOTHES SWAP THEATRE PARTY (Derby Theatre) and CAN CAUSE DEATH starring Olivier-Award winner David Bradley and performed at Latitude Festival, Northern Stage and the National Theatre. 


Artistic Team
Alison Carr
Yasmeen Arden
Michelle Barnette
Holly Pigott
Ben Jacobs
Jac Cooper
Judith Amsenga
Alan Mahon
Tricia Kelly
★ ★ ★ ★ from SpyInTheStalls
Posted on 7 September 2018

"Arden has measured and weighed every line and motion of Caterpillar and when at its best, it's hard to look away" - Eloïse Poulton

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★ ★ ★ ★ from Blackstar
Posted on 7 September 2018

"A brilliant piece of new writing [which] should be shipped off around the UK as soon as possible"

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★ ★ ★ ★ from LondonTheatre1
Posted on 7 September 2018

"There's so much to be taken away about love and life in this amusing and multi-layered production" - Chris Omaweng

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★ ★ ★ ★ from The Upcoming
Posted on 7 September 2018

"Alison Carr's intricate and confident drama... delivers across the board" - Selina Begum

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★ ★ ★ ★ from Breaking The Fourth Wall
Posted on 7 September 2018

"Kelly and Amsenga have great familial chemistry, ying to each other's yang and oscillate between the roles of 'parent' and 'child'" - Michael Davis

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Audience Reviews
3 very strong acting performances in a well written piece performed on a beautifully detailed set".
Audience Member 06.09.18

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