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Cardboard Citizens announces most ambitious season to date

Cardboard Citizens will take its production Cathy to the House of Lords this month. Photo: Pamela Raith Cardboard Citizens will take its production Cathy to the House of Lords this month. Photo: Pamela Raith
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Theatre company Cardboard Citizens has announced nine new plays exploring the housing crisis.

The ambitious season of new work from the company, which makes theatre with and for homeless people, will run at the Bunker in London, from April 17 to May 13.

Presented in an immersive format, the nine plays, running under the banner Home Truths, will look back at the history of UK housing and will be split into three cycles.

Audiences can choose to see each cycle as a stand-alone production or they can watch all nine plays in one go.

Playwrights who have written work for the new season include Sonali Bhattacharyya, Lin Coghlan and EV Crowe.

The productions will be individually directed by artistic director and chief executive of Cardboard Citizens, Adrian Jackson, and Caitlin McLeod, who has directed shows at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Hampstead Theatre.

Jackson said: “My hope is that Home Truths will offer, through the kaleidoscope of history, a glimpse of what is happening now.

“This season of short plays will, by reference to notable historical events and periods, give our audience a fresh perspective on what is happening now, in the phenomenon commonly known as ‘the housing crisis’.

“And perhaps the plays will give us some glimpse of how we might find our way out of this mess.”

Cardboard Citizens is also to take its forum theatre production Cathy, a version of Ken Loach’s film Cathy Come Home, to the House of Lords this month.

The special performance will be used to present ‘Cathy laws’, suggestions for legislative changes to support homeless people that have been made at the end of every performance of Cathy by audience members.

As with all Cardboard Citizens productions, a proportion of tickets for Home Truths will be made available to homeless audiences at £1.

Design for Home Truths is by James Turner, lighting is by Elliot Griggs, sound and composition by Lewis Gibson and Tom Parkinson, and costume is by Holly Henshaw. Casting is still to be announced.

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