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Cardboard Citizens

Cardboard Citizens’ interactive theatre work is informed by, and reflects, the experiences of homeless people. The work is wide-ranging and includes professional productions, participatory projects, and professional training in forum theatre. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £159,434
  • 2013-2014: £163,100
  • 2014-2015: £167,342

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'Cardboard Christmas Crackers'

Because everyone deserves fun and laughter at Christmas. Cardboard Citizens has been making life-changing theatre with and for homeless people for over 20 years. Donate to Cardboard Citizens now: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/cardboardcitizens

Cardboard Citizens invitation to SYHA

Terry O'Leary, Cardboard Citizens' Associate Artist and Glasshouse Joker invites young people from SYHA to join us for some forum theatre workshops in Yorkshire.

Cardboard Citizens Forum Theatre with ESOL Learners

Tony McBride and Terry O'Leary from Cardboard Citizens are experienced Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners. They have been putting on Forum Theatre shows with people who's first language isn't English to prove that theatre and 'doing' (rather than using a solely theoretical approach) are extremely effective tools for learning. To find out more about Cardboard Citizens visit our website: http://www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk/

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Glasshouse by Kate Tempest Trailer

Production trailer for Cardboard Citizens' Glasshouse: a forum theatre play by Kate Tempest. Produced in association with Time Won't Wait. The production will be touring theatres, hostels, day centres and prisons in 2014. This video contains swearing. More information at www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk

Cardboard Citizens' ACT NOW presents: A Molecular Mass

ACT NOW in collaboration with Chickenshed present: A Molecular Mass (July 2013).

God Racket R&D Vlog-That's A Wrap

Member thoughts from out God Racket research and development workshop, 6 April 2013

God Racket R&D Vlog- Nothing to do with God

Member thoughts from out God Racket research and development workshop, 6 April 2013

God Racket R&D Vlog- I'm Going Gentle to that Good Night

Member thoughts from out God Racket research and development workshop, 6 April 2013

God Racket R&D Vlog- Free Will

Member thoughts from out God Racket research and development workshop, 6 April 2013

God Racket R&D Vlog- Believing

Member thoughts from out God Racket research and development workshop, 6 April 2013

Cardboard Citizens - Be Part of the Story

A short film about Cardboard Citizens, a theatre company that works with homeless people. This was premiered at Cardboard Citizens' Fundraising Dinner at Christ Church Spitalfields on the 19th of March.

London Thames Festival 2009

Cardboard Citizens perform at the Thames Festival 2009

Thames Festival 2008

Cardboard Citizens at the Thames Festival 2008

Cardboard Citizens 'Life Ain't No Musical' The Remix

Life Ain't No Musical: the Remix 24 June 2012 Words by Tony McBride & the ACT NOW Company Music by Arun Ghosh Arcola Tent, 2 Ashwin St, Dalston When emotion is too strong for speech we sing, when emotion is too strong for song, we dance. The remix of this original ensemble show devised by Cardboard Citizens' youth theatre programme (ACT NOW) featuring live music by acclaimed musician Arun Ghosh. A presentation of lessons in life, all told through music and song. This show is part of a double-bill including Under the Skin, a performance by the Poets Platform from the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Cardboard Citizens has been changing the lives of homeless and displaced people through theatre and the performing arts for over 20 years. ACT NOW is Cardboard Citizens' youth theatre programme. This year-long series of workshops is combined with individual support and guidance to help young people move away from homelessness. Working with our partner organisations ACT NOW supports young people to make positive changes in their lives: this can go from securing a qualification to joining a training course or getting into volunteering and employment. Life Ain't No Musical: The Remix is this year's end-of-term show. "...a performance that was stellar on every level. The beats will be in our heads for weeks!" (audience member) "Theatre can have a transformational effect. Often as an actor/director this occurs during the process of getting the play/production together. Also as an audience member sometimes a theatrical piece can just blow you away and cause a paradigm shift in consciousness to occur. When it happens to both the cast and audience it's a very special event. I was privileged to be part of such an event on Friday night." (Theatre Thoughts Blog on the original 'Life Ain't No Musical' production). http://www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk/p2s70.html

Cardboard Citizens' 'Life Ain't No Musical' feat. Jason Barton

http://www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk/p2s57.html Life Ain't No Musical 28 July 2011 Thu 28th & Fri 29th July Fri 29th July When emotion is too strong for speech we sing, when emotion is too strong for song, we dance. Join us for the premiere of this original ensemble show devised by the ACT NOW company featuring live music by acclaimed Jazz musician Arun Ghosh. ACT NOW is Cardboard Citizens' youth theatre programme. This year-long series of weekly workshops leading to performances is combined with individual support and guidance to help young people move out of homelessness. Working with our partner organisations, we support young people to make positive changes in their lives: this can go from securing a qualification to joining a training course or getting into volunteering and employment. Life Ain't No Musical is this year's final show. Some post-performance comments: "The performance last night was just brilliant. It's so rare to see an arts project balance personal emotional benefits for the participants with real artistic value, and this project has really achieved the best in both fields. And the participants had clearly risen to the challenge: it was clear how well-rehearsed the perfomance was and how much dedicated work had gone into it, and what very very great talent the participants have. It was great, too, to see a play around the issues faced by young people at risk that actually said something new about them. The participants had come at the subject from a whole new angle and with a very mature approach, and I think everyone watching will have learned a lot about how and why young people come to be homeless, and about the emotions behind those events." (audience member) "...a performance that was stellar on every level. The beats will be in our heads for weeks!" (audience member) "These young people (and the hundreds of others who are helped by this project each year), have been given a chance to impact their own lives and ours too. The whole group deserves the biggest round of applause." (Dominick, www.theatrethoughts.com)

A Few Man Fridays Trailer by Cardboard Citizens

Cardboard Citizens presents A Few Man Fridays Written & Directed by Adrian Jackson 10 February - 10 March 2012 Book online here: http://www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk/p2s59.html#overview Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London W6 9RL Previews 10, 11, 13, 14 Feb Times: Mon - Sat 7.45pm. Sat mats 2.30pm (not Sat 11 Feb) Prices: Previews (10-14 February) £10 From 15 February: £20 Box office: 020 8237 1111 Prosper is an ex-Rasta lost in London, trying to make sense of his dog-filled dreams. Madame Talate remembers her island as a paradise and Teddy Hibbert loves turtles but has trouble remembering people. Their stories collide in a dream turned nightmare of one Stu Barber. In the late 1960s the Chagos islanders were evicted from their Indian Ocean home to make way for a US military base. Set against the actual events of their displacement and fight for justice, A Few Man Fridays, begins in the age of Cold War secrets and ends in the era of global warming. Cardboard Citizens stages this compelling story in its trademark style where personal testimony and historical narrative meet to forge epic, mesmerising theatre, fusing music, video, and YouTube footage. Moving, gripping and funny, A Few Man Fridays unearths an inglorious episode of British history, and explores the fantasies of the powerful, set against the dreams of the powerless. This project is supported by Arts Council England through their Grants for the Arts fund.

Cardboard Citizens Christmas Party

PLEASE HELP US RAISE £1000 TO HOST A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION FOR OUR MEMBERS This Christmas we want to offer something extra for the homeless people we work with. We would like to host a Christmas celebration for our Members, a day of fun just before Christmas to bring everyone together and celebrate all of their fantastic achievements over the year. Please Text "CITZ11" to 70070 with the amount that you want to donate: £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. You can also donate online here: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/cardboardcitizens-1 Cardboard Citizens changes the lives of homeless and at-risk people through theatre and the performing arts.

Untold stories: Cardboard Citizens' forum theatre at homeless hostels

Cardboard Citizens is a theatre company that works with homeless and marginalized people using Augusto Boal's forum theatre. Every year they tour London's hostels, day centres empowering homeless people to rehearse changes in their lives. www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk

Cardboard Citizens Samba Band at Mayor's Thames Festival 2011

Cardboard Citizens make theatre and performance with homeless people in London. To find out more visit: www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk

Cardboard Citizens Samba Band at Thames Festival

The Cardboard Citizens Samba band rocking the Mayor's Thames Festival: www.thamesfestival.org www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk

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www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk

77A Greenfield Road
London
E1 1EJ

51.515911, -0.06353

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