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John Pilger on Chagos & Lisette Talate

24 January 2012 by Petia

Last Friday, award-winning journalist John Pilger published a comprehensive essay in the New Statesman entitled 'The World War On Democracy'. John pays tribute to Lisette Talate, leading Chagossian activist who died two weeks ago, just as we were starting rehearsals. An exceptionally strong and intelligent personality key to the Chagossian's campaign to return to their islands, Mdm Talate was interviewed by Adrian for nearly 6 hours on his last trip to Mauritius and features as one of the main characters in A Few Man Fridays:

"I didn't have to be told to smile. I was a happy child, because my roots were deep in the islands, my paradise.  My great-grandmother was born there; I made six children there. That's why they couldn't legally throw us out of our own homes; they had to terrify us into leaving or force us out."
Lisette Talate

Cardboard Citizens will be dedicating A Few Man Fridays to her memory.

John Pilger's award-winning 2004 documentary film on the Chagos Islands, Stealing A Nation can be watched on his website here for those interested in the background of the Chagossian story.

Madame Talate

A Few Man Fridays trailer

23 January 2012 by Petia

With much excitement, we reveal the e-trailer for Cardboard Citizens' upcoming A Few Man Fridays. We hope you find it intriguing and help us spread the word by sharing to your network. Let us know what you think in the comments section or by using #FewManFridays on Twitter.

Special thanks to our wonderful film-makers SDNA who put this together. You can see more of their work featured in the show itself.

Read more about the show and book your tickets through this link here.


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Comment posted on February 27, 2012 by Alejandro

I've done the same thing with my drghuteas! I have pictures of them in the dresses that I and my sisters wore. It's amazing, isn't it? Raising babies?

No Fixed Abode at The Core, Corby

18 January 2012 by Petia

Cardboard Citizens Associate Artist Terry O'Leary has been devising and directing with a group with experience of homelessness from the local community in Corby. You can read stories from the rehearsal room and beyond on the project's blog: http://nofixedabodeplay.blogspot.com/

Today is 'D' Day as they finally perform three free shows with their brand new forum piece all devised over the last week. The play is called 'No Fixed Abode' and will be performed twice for schools and once for the public today at 7:30. Read more at The Core's website here.

You can listen to Terry and some of the actors talk about their experience of the project on BBC Radio Northampton here. Interview starts at 1 hour 41 minutes.


First Look at A Few Man Fridays

17 January 2012 by Petia

Something has been brewing in our rehearsal room for two weeks now. Cardboard Citizens brand new play A Few Man Fridays which opens in February at Riverside Studios tells the story of the Chagossian people's brutal eviction from their islands in the 60's and 70's to make room for a US military base.

For those of you who keep a close eye on our work, A Few Man Fridays has been quite a few years in the making. Written and directed by Adrian, it charts five decades of this fascinating and little-known story and features plenty of archive footage, documented evidence and personal testimony. Over the next few weeks we'll be sharing our progress and adventures on the making of A Few Man Fridays straight from the engine room so keep an eye out.

As with all of our Event Theatre productions, the cast is a mixture of professional actors, those with experience with homelessness and participants from our weekly workshops making for a very lively and diverse ensemble. They are already feeling the challenge with a script that requires them to familiarise themselves with Creol, switch between numerous accents and characters and dance Sega.

Last week, we held our first photoshoot with renowned theatre photographer Simon Annand and below is a first glimpse at what A Few Man Fridays might look like. We're getting very excited.


Conservationist with reef

Conservationist with reef

Marine Protection Area

Prosper and fish


Madame Talate

Mind Unit Christmas Gift towards A Few Man Fridays

16 January 2012 by Petia

Our favourite Web Hosts Mind Unit have donated £500 towards the community participation element of A Few Man Fridays as result of a Eurovision-style Christmas competition amongst their clients who got to pitch a variety of projects.

We're very pleased and can't wait for them to come see the show in Feb- Mar and meet the 24 ensemble actors whose participation they've enabled. Thank you Mind Unit!


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