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Cardboard Citizens Celebrates 25 Years

Way back in 2002, we supported theatre company Cardboard Citizens at one of our very first events. Cardboard Citizens tells stories that would otherwise remain untold and works with marginalised people to tell them. This week, they celebrated their 25th anniversary with a special performance of Cathy Come Home, first released on television in 1966, to highlight how far we still have to go to tackle homelessness in the UK. 

Cathy Come Home, launched at the Barbican on Tuesday 5th July, was performed entirely by people who had experienced homelessness and was followed by a panel debate questioning what has changed in the fifty years since the film raised a storm amongst politicians, the media and the general public. It is yet another demonstration of the incredible power of film that this docu-drama led to parliamentary debates, the creation of the charity Crisis, and brought homelessness into the public consciousness. By reworking it for the stage, Cardboard Citizens have again raised awareness of the rising tide of homelessness in the UK. 

You can read about the performance in The Guardian or watch a short piece, including some of the rehearsals and an interview with original Producer Tony Garnett, on BBC Breakfast. We’re very proud to have supported this inspiring organisation almost 15 years ago, and wish them every success for the next 25 years! 

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