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Cardboard Citizens presents Glasshouse at Anchor House

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Cardboard Citizens presents Glasshouse at Anchor House

1st March 2013

On Thursday 28 February 2013, Cardboard Citizens came to Anchor House to perform Glasshouse, a play by award-winning poet, lyricist and writer Kate Tempest as part of their tour of London hostels, day centres, prisons and theatres.

Cardboard Citizens is a forum theatre company and has been making life-changing theatre with homeless and marginalised people for over twenty years. The Company employs actors with experience of homelessness to perform plays inspired by the experiences of homeless people.

Glasshouse is a story about family and how hard it can be to keep loving. Three short stories take you into the minds of three members of the same family – fragile as any of us, people who’ve given up on their dreams. They fail to stay together and struggle to survive apart. Framed by Kate Tempest’s haunting poetry, the plays draws us into a dark and gritty London illuminated by moments of unexpected tenderness.

This is not theatre as you know it. A number of Anchor House residents were able to get on stage and into character, and act out and rehearse alternative scenarios to lead to positive changes.

Jason, a resident at Anchor House, was invited up on stage to act out an alternative scene. Of the evening Jason said “It was really good that they used real life situations that were relevant to the audience. I enjoyed being able to interact and change the outcome of the characters actions.”

Resident Hassan said, “Blooming brilliant. I’d love to see them come back; I’m even going to head down to one of their workshops and see how I can help out!”

 “I’ve never experienced forum theatre before but I loved the engagement.” – Yvonne, Anchor House resident.

“Glasshouse was fantastic. It really hit home because it is about real issues that the residents at Anchor House may have faced or are facing.” Habiba, Anchor House resident.

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