Cardboard Citizens to perform at Labour Party Conference
Posted on: 31 July 2017
Written by: Charlie Marshall
Cardboard Citizens will perform at the 2017 Labour Party Conference this September as part of the launch of the political party’s Labour Homelessness Network.
The performance will be another highlight in the incredible journey of our critically acclaimed play Cathy, following its Edinburgh Festival Fringe season this summer.
Ali Taylor’s drama, which reimagines Ken Loach’s seminal Cathy Come Home for the modern age, previously played at the House of Lords (pictured right), when we presented the top five most popular housing laws suggested during the tour from audiences in theatres, prisons and hostels across England.
The special appearance at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton is being organised by John Healey MP, Labour’s shadow housing secretary. He commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Cardboard Citizens to our Labour conference. Their modern-day remake of Cathy Come Home is just as hard-hitting as the original film, and it is needed in the same way to help expose the injustice and desperation of homelessness today.
“The special one-off show is part of the launch of our new Labour Homelessness Network, dedicated to dealing with the root causes of homelessness and ending rough sleeping homelessness for good.”
The performance will follow a summer of Cathy – the show returns following its hit tour to play the Pleasance Dome in Edinburgh from 2 to 26 August.
Each Edinburgh performance will conclude with a short Legislative Theatre section giving audience members the chance to play Prime Minister and suggest the housing laws they’d introduce to end homelessness and battle the housing crisis. And who knows, your suggestion could just make it all the way to the Labour Party Conference!