CANOEING IN SOOMAA

by Mark Swivel

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CANOEING IN SOOMAA

by Mark Swivel

Chas hasn’t seen Clem, his teenage son, for years, and takes him on a ‘speed-parenting’ road trip through Europe. Chas seeks connection and forgiveness, while Clem plays on his smart phone, and hits his dad for money. Canoeing in Soomaa is a comedy-drama that explores the anxiety of parenting and the challenge of growing up in our globalised but fragmented world. Chas and Clem banter, compete and clash against the backdrop of economic uncertainty and Europe’s grim history. Chas tries too hard, over-shares and unravels, while Clem struggles to overcome his resentment and fears. An unlikely understanding is reached when canoeing in the wilds of Soomaa in Estonia. Chas faces his disappointment with himself and must find the strength to let go in loving Clem. Canoeing in Soomaa is the companion play to Water Falling Down.

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