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Cathy (Cardboard Citizens)

By | Published on Sunday 27 August 2017

Written by Ali Taylor, this play is inspired by Ken Loach’s film ‘Cathy Come Home’. In it we see Cathy, played fiercely by Cathy Owen, struggle with zero-hour contracts and an uncaring landlord, until she and her daughter are forced into emergency accommodation. From there, the situation worsens, as repeated interactions with the housing authorities are unsuccessful. The reality of just how easy it could be to get lost in the system is disturbingly realistic, poignant and often hard to watch. The play is well performed, though occasionally shouting replaces more nuanced delivery. Followed by a brief audience discussion about what laws could be introduced to change this situation, the show Cardboard Citizens have created is a brave, challenging exploration of homelessness and vulnerability.

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tw rating 4/5 | [Gemma Scott]