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Aberystwyth Arts centre CATHY Friday 27 April     

Aberystwyth Arts centre
Friday 27 April  Award-winning theatre company Cardboard Citizens has announced that it will revive its critically acclaimed production of Cathy in a new UK tour this spring which will visit venues in Cardiff, Swansea, Milford Haven and Aberystwyth in April.

Inspired by Ken Loach and Jeremy Sandford’s ground-breaking film Cathy Come Home, the production continues Cardboard Citizens’ exploration of the state of housing and homelessness. This powerful and emotive play, by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor imagines a Cathy for the modern age. Based on true stories, the timely drama explores the impact of spiraling social housing costs, gentrification and the challenges of forced relocation through the compelling story of one family. Its story has proved so pertinent, the production was invited to play at both the House of Lords and as part of the Labour Party Conference.

Adrian Jackson, Cardboard Citizens’ Artistic Director said: “Cathy speaks to an issue which just becomes more and more urgent – with rental costs way beyond many people’s reach and still far too little social housing available, where will we live?”

Cathy first premiered in October 2016 at London’s Pleasance Theatre before visiting theatres, prisons and hostels around the UK. Most recently, the production had an acclaimed five star run at Edinburgh Festival 2017 where it was seen by over 2000 people.

The production has been researched with the support of housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Each performance will include an interactive style debate in classic Forum Theatre style. Forum Theatre is a style of theatre that empowers the audience to change the outcome and have their say on one of society’s most topical subjects today meaning every performance will be a completely unique experience. The audience will be encouraged to suggest different actions and outcomes for the narrative, helping to actively engage with the issues that the play presents and change the course of the central characters’ lives. Audience members can be as involved as they decide, whether choosing to get up on stage and act themselves or just sit back and watch as the story is rewritten in front of their eyes.

As with all Cardboard Citizens productions, a proportion of tickets for all venue dates will be made available to people with experience of homelessness at £1.

Cathy will tour to Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff , The Welfare in Swansea, Torch Theatre in Milford Haven and will be at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Friday 27 April.

Tickets are available from the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 62 32 32 or online at
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