Cardboard Citizens was founded in 1991 by Adrian Jackson in the spaces around the Bullring in London’s Waterloo. Adrian had been working with London Bubble theatre company, and decided to work alongside people experiencing street homelessness to create Forum Theatre pieces. These plays would then tour to hostels, day centres and other non-theatre spaces.

After four years under the auspices of London Bubble, Cardboard Citizens became an independent company in 1995, and continued its mission of creative theatre projects with and for people experiencing homelessness.

The company welcomes anyone with experience of homelessness to become a Member of Cardboard Citizens. This programme gives people access to our Information, Advice and Guidance services, as well as training in Forum Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, diverse creativity and self-expression training, and social meet-ups.

The company has worked alongside writers including Kate Tempest, Ali Taylor and Sarah Woods, as well as plays written and devised by Adrian Jackson, and collaborated with other arts organisations and theatres, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and English National Opera.

In recent years, the company has produced work at the Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre and the Barbican.

In 2016, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary, and produced a hardback book detailing the productions and major events through our history. Highlights from the book can be browsed on Issuu, or the book can be purchased from mail@cardboardcitizens.org.uk.