Cathy revived for 2018 London & UK run
Posted on: 11 January 2018
Written by: Charlie Marshall
Following its five star Edinburgh Fringe Festival run, we are thrilled to announce Cathy will be revived for a three week run at Soho Theatre this March, alongside other UK dates this spring. For the first time ever, audiences will have the chance to see the play as a stand-alone piece at Soho Theatre, while all other dates (including a week run at The Albany in London) will include an interactive Forum Theatre section.
Cathy first premiered in October 2016 at London’s Pleasance Theatre before visiting theatres, prisons and hostels around the UK. The hugely successful £1 ticket initiative offered vulnerable and homeless people an accessible way to experience the piece with almost 20% of audience members homeless or at risk. Most recently, the production had an acclaimed five star run at Edinburgh Festival 2017 where it was seen by over 2000 people. This new run will play in Cornwall, London, Cardiff, Swansea, Milford Haven and Aberystwyth, with further dates to be announced.
Inspired by Ken Loach and Jeremy Sandford’s ground-breaking film Cathy Come Home, Cathy continues Cardboard Citizens’ exploration of the state of housing and homelessness. This powerful and emotive play is written by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor and directed by Cardboard Citizens’ Artistic Director Adrian Jackson MBE, imagining a Cathy for the modern age. Based on true stories, the timely drama explores the impact of spiralling social housing costs, gentrification and the challenges of forced relocation through the compelling story of one family. Its story has proved so pertinent, the production was invited to play at both the House of Lords and as part of the Labour Party Conference.
Commenting on its return, which will feature original cast members Alex Jones, Amy Loughton, Cathy Owen and Hayley Wareham, Adrian Jackson, Cardboard Citizens’ Artistic Director said: “Cathy speaks to an issue which just becomes more and more urgent – with rental costs way beyond many people’s reach and still far too little social housing available, where will we live? I am glad London audiences will have another chance to see the play and I hope it will contribute to the debate about how we will solve our housing crisis.”
David Morrissey, Cardboard Citizens’ Ambassador, commented: “I have had the pleasure of watching performances by Cardboard Citizens and the quality of the work is outstanding. This is theatre that can really change minds and I’m thrilled that more audiences in London and across the UK will have the chance to see Cathy; a show that has the potential to make a huge difference.”
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