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Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders (Cardboard Citizens)

By | Published on Thursday 22 August 2019

This unflinching, humane and powerful production examines the harsh realities for homeless people and the often fatal consequences that we – the bystanders – all too often prefer to ignore. As the show unfolds like a piece of investigative journalism, the actors explain that this semi-verbatim, often speculative play will explore the lives of vulnerable people and what led to their deaths. From a former British boxer who is exiled to Jamaica and unable to return home, to the callous attack of a man begging outside a shop and his subsequent suicide, these entwining accounts – filled with dark humour and poignant performances – reveal the injustices of an apparent ‘welfare’ system. Putting humans at the heart of these stories, ‘Cardboard Citizens’ will challenge your perceptions about where responsibility really lies.

Summerhall, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Amy Bonar]