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Cardboard Citizens and Shelter Scotland to introduce £1 fringe ticket scheme

Cardboard Citizens' Cathy. Photo: Pamela Raith Cardboard Citizens' Cathy. Photo: Pamela Raith
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Theatre company Cardboard Citizens has announced a partnership with homelessness charity Shelter Scotland.

Shelter Scotland, an organisation which helps homeless people, will raise awareness of Cardboard Citizens’ production of Cathy, running at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the company’s offer of £1 tickets to people with experiences of homelessness.

Cathy is a re-imagining of Ken Loach’s film Cathy Come Home and explores the state of housing and homelessness today, with audiences invited to voice their opinions and contribute to the proposal of new housing laws at the end of each show.

The production, which makes its Edinburgh Fringe debut this year, was researched in partnership with Shelter and is based on true stories. The original film inspired both the Housing Act and the creation of Shelter Scotland.

A proportion of tickets for the Edinburgh run will be made available for £1, with with Shelter Scotland working alongside the theatre company to allocate these tickets to local organisations working with homeless, ex-homeless and vulnerable people.

Shelter Scotland will also provide guidance and advice to the company following the collation of audience contributions to influence and effect change in Scotland.

Adrian Jackson, the company’s founder, director and chief executive, said: “Cardboard Citizens is pleased to be working with Shelter Scotland as we make our Edinburgh Fringe debut.

“During our 25th-anniversary year, Cathy Come Home has been prevalent throughout our work – first with a theatrical community staging of the play at the Barbican supported by Ken Loach and latterly with our modern reinterpretation, Ali Taylor’s exceptional Cathy. So it is fitting to join forces with the charity that was formed as a result of this still powerful film and had a hand in determining the story Cathy tells. We are excited to bring this powerful and compelling story to Edinburgh audiences this summer.”

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “Great progress has been made in terms of legislation, support services and the quality of housing since Cathy Come Home was first screened, but the stark reality is that we still have a long way to go, with many of the failings of the housing system that led to Shelter Scotland being formed in 1968 still existing today.

“For Shelter Scotland, the original Cathy Come Home depicts all too clearly the human tragedy and suffering caused by bad housing and homelessness that was  – and still is  – being faced by thousands of people in Scotland.”

Cathy will run from August 2 to 26 at 3.30pm at the Pleasance King Dome.

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