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Truckstop at the Unicorn Theatre

Truckstop is a deep tale of a daughter (Katalijine) with a slow mind, who needs the order of how to dress written on a piece of paper in her bedroom, and her caring mother.

The daughter and her mother own and work in an out of date truckstop (called "Truckstop") with 20 year old chairs and tables which is losing its customers.

One of the only people who now stop at Truckstop is a young driver called Remco. He is frustrated by his job and life but is too weak to change them. Remco and Katalijine become attached and he fills her head with dreams of buying his own truck and driving off with her to far-flung lands. Katalijine's mother disapproves. She is very protective of her daughter due to her mental state and gets very stressed by the developing relationship. The mother doesn't want anyone to look after Katalijine other than herself.

It is a play about the troubles of parenting. How stressful looking after a disabled child can be. The play shifts backwards and forwards in time. One scene is played three times at the start, near the end and after the end. The ending is revealed early on. But it grips throughout. The subject is quite dark and it is what it should be at 12+. In all it is a good, interesting play.

Truckstop, an award-winning play in translation from the Dutch original, is playing at the Unicorn Theatre in Tooley Street until Saturday.

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