The Storytelling Caravan
The storytelling caravan is a cozy corner in a world apart. The audience climbs in among the rugs, sheepskin and golden curtains arranged to make you feel like you’re stepping into another space and time. In subtle ways, the rhythm slows and it’s easier to listen in. Myths, wonder and folktales from the Americas and Asia enrich her repertory, as well as more familiar stories from Ireland.
The caravan is a barrel top wagon, painted and decorated in a traditional style. It is set on a modern chassis and pulled by a passenger car. It can set up anywhere that is accessible by wheeled vehicles on fairly level ground. For performances the caravan detaches from the car, which is driven away to conserve the ‘old fashioned’ quality of it’s appearance. It should be situated away from other events, noisy attractions, music and traffic.
Height from ground: 2.5 m
Height inside floor to ceiling: 2 m
Width: 2 m
Length: 4.85 m
There are bench type seats along the walls, sheepskin and pillows on the floor. At the back is a raised stage with curtains where the storyteller sits.
The Caravan can seat up to 20 small children (ages 5-8) and roughly 15 large children ages (9-13). Mixed adults and children, 10 to 15 at a time.
Average time audience spend in the caravan is 20 minutes. We suggest story sessions of 15-20 minutes. Melissa usually tells stories for up to 2 hours with a break in the middle of about 30 minutes. (It is possible to have longer sessions, or change sites from morning to afternoon, upon request).
Unfortunately the caravan is not wheelchair accessible, however we make every effort to include the physically challenged.