Co-Produced by Cardboard Citizens, Coventry City of Culture Trust, and Belgrade Theatre.
This project is also a partnership with Underground Lights.
The Ruff Tuff community choir is formed in partnership with The Choir with No Name.
Directed by Adrian Jackson, book and lyrics by Sarah Woods, music by Boff Whalley, based on an original work by Heathcote Williams.
Cardboard Citizens in Coventry is supported by Arts Council England (National Lottery Project Grant) and The Linbury Trust.

Making of The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency

About Cardboard Citizens

Cardboard Citizens has been making life-changing theatre with and for homeless and marginalised people for 30 years. Cardboard Citizens aims to raise awareness, increase understanding and inspire change about homelessness and the causes/effects of homelessness, in individuals and the general public, through theatre and arts-based workshops.

Find out more about our work by clicking here.


About Belgrade Theatre

The Belgrade is the largest professional theatre in Coventry and so act as both the city and region’s commercial and producing theatre. They are also highly respected for their ground-breaking community and education initiatives, which includes starting the Theatre-in-Education movement. In their landmark building, across the region, the UK and online, The Belgrade uses theatre to entertain, inspire, share Coventry’s stories, uncover hidden histories and unleash the creativity in our communities.

Find out more about The Belgrade by clicking here.

About Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

After winning the prestigious cultural competition against tough competition, Coventry was selected as 2021’s UK City of Culture, following Derry in 2013 and Hull in 2017. For a whole year, Coventry has been and will continue celebrating the city with events, music, dance, theatre, and large-scale spectacle. This celebration includes the HOME: Arts & Homelessness Festival, which The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency has formed a part of, and runs for the entire week of the show.

Find out more about Coventry City of Culture by clicking here and read about the full HOME programme by clicking here.

About The Choir with No Name

The Choir with No Name have been successfully running choirs and building joyful communities with homeless and marginalised people since 2008. They deliver community projects for people at risk of homelessness in each of the cities where we work, motivated by a desire to share the joy of singing with as many isolated and marginalised people as possible (and hopefully recruit a few more choir members along the way!)

Find out more about their work by clicking here.

About Underground Lights

Underground Lights is a Belgrade Springboard Company, running workshops in association with the Belgrade Theatre Click Spring Programme. They are run for and by adults experiencing social disadvantage, homelessness and/or mental health issues in Coventry, Warwickshire and the surrounding area. They run relaxed but vibrant drama workshops in a safe and supportive environment, where people can increase their confidence, learn new skills, and make decisions for themselves about what they wanted to work on and perform.

Find out more about their work by clicking here.