Cathy Live sparks global conversation
Posted on: 19 January 2017
Written by: Charlie Marshall
Via an online comments board and an incredible Twitter conversation – #CathyLive was trending throughout – virtual audiences from countries including Australia, Israel, America and, of course, the UK, sparked a global conversation about the timely housing issues Ali Taylor’s play explores.
Even having family doesn't ensure support, "you chose to be homeless" "you chose to have low paid jobs" crazy! #Cathylive— Tom White (@TomEdwardWhite) January 18, 2017
Cathy is a forum theatre piece, meaning the second act encourages the audience to suggest how the characters’ could change their outcomes, often even coming on stage to act out their suggested scene changes. For this one off special show, the virtual audience were also given their chance to affect the action of stage, with their suggestions fed back to the company live on stage.
Suggestion: Don't lose your temper in a housing office, Cathy. (swear when you get outside) #CathyLive— Nathalie Dubruel (@mudlarky) January 18, 2017
#CathyLive bring her dad in with her to visit the housing office to emphasise that she can't go to Newcastle— JustPlay (@nowjustplay) January 18, 2017
At every performance we are also collecting audience members ideas for changes to legislation to help the housing crisis, which got Twitter talking #CathyLaws
#CathyLive (dutch situation) empty offices for langer than 1 Year need to become social housing.— Luc Opdebeeck (@lopdb) January 18, 2017
There are now just three weeks left to catch Cathy on tour around the UK. Visit our Cathy page for dates and venues.