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A Few Man Fridays

10 February - 10 March 2012

Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London W6 9RL

Written & directed by Adrian Jackson | Design by Fred Meller | Music & soundtrack by David Baird | Video design by SDNA

"It has the daring sweep of Complicite’s Mnemonic and is almost as suspenseful as it is richly, hauntingly elegiac.” ***** Sunday Times

“An increasingly riveting evening that wraps hard facts in a parcel of fiction” **** Evening Standard


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.

Dates: 11 February -10 March 2012 (No shows on Sundays)
11, 13, 14 Feb
Press Night: 15 Feb
: Mon - Sat 7.45pm. Sat mats 2.30pm (not Sat 11 Feb)
  Previews (10-14 February) £10 From 15 February: £20
Sign Interpreted Performances:
Sat 3 March, 2.30pm and Thurs 8 March, 7.45pm

Pre/Post Show Debates:

People Vs Turtles - 3 March, 5:30pm

Law and Land – 10 March, 5.30pm


Box office: 020 8237 1111

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including one 20 min interval.

For press enquiries please contact Sharon Kean and download the press release here.

CARDBOARD CITIZENS has worked with homeless and marginalised people for 20 years creating theatre to challenge public perceptions of social exclusion. Find out more about us here.   


10th February 2012 - 10th March 2012, 7:45pmRiverside Studios, Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
18th February 2012, 2:30pmRiverside Studios, Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
25th February 2012, 2:30pmRiverside Studios, Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
3rd March 2012, 2:30pmRiverside Studios, Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
10th March 2012, 2:30pmRiverside Studios, Crisp Road, London W6 9RL

Director: Adrian Jackson

Designer: Fred Meller

Lighting Designer: Natasha Chivers

Music & Soundtrack: David Baird

Video Designers: Ben Foot & Valentina Floris

Movement: Sarah Levinsky

Assistant Director: Cheryl Gallacher

Assistant Producer: Stuart Grey

Voice Coach: Tim Charrington

Company Stage Manager: Vicki Hambley

DSM: Chiara Canal

ASM: David Neill

Community Participation Director: Tony McBride

Casting Director: Camillia Evans CDG

Photogropher: Simon Annand

Stuart Grey: Assistant Producer

Producer: Roy Luxford

Petia Tzanova: Marketing Manager

Volunteer: Grace Perry

The Counsellor, Irene Fricke, Congressman Winn: Johanna Allitt
My grandma was one of the legendary landladies of Blackpool (where I was born) hence a love of fish and chips, camp lighting and the sea. I’ve performed in two recent productions for Cardboard Citizens: Or Am I Alone? (UK Tour/Toynbee Studios), Led Easy (UK/Austria tour/Toynbee Studios). I was a Space Vixen for many years in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, and I also devised and directed the original Fringe First production (the Albany, Deptford; Assembly Rooms and the Pleasance, Edinburgh; Queen’s Theatre, West End; the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton; Hackney Empire). I also sing and teach, my other credits include Cherry Pie (film); Scrub Up (Queen Mary Studio) Live Art Development Agency); For Sale, Death of a Salesman (Yellow People’s Theatre, Young Vic); Cold Moon Rising (Jermyn Street Theatre).

The Conservationist, Admiral Moorer, Jeffery Kitchen, Eric Sands, Congressman Lee Hamilton: Alasdair Craig
After training at Webber Douglas I spent several years touring the world with the all male Shakespeare Company, Propeller. Rehabilitation back into the world of mixed sex companies has followed, including: Arcadia (Lowry Centre), All My Sons (Leicester) and The Quick (Tristan Bates Theatre) and on TV: Eastenders, Doctors and The Royal.

Madame Talate, Belinda Green, Commander Gary Sick, Lynne Sands, Peter: Sharon Duncan-Brewster
My first real experience of the acting world was gifted to me at age of six from The Anna Scher Children's Theatre. My sincerest gratitude goes out to Anna, without her I really would not be here. My most recent TV performance was as Lisa, in Channel Four's highly acclaimed drama 'Top Boy'. Last year I also appeared in 'Tiger Country' (Hampstead Theatre), 'The Swan' (National Theatre) and 'Yerma' (Gate Theatre). I LOVE popcorn but lets not get into salt or sweet, I don't want to get pigeon-holed.

Pere Dussercle, the Teacher of Kreol, Marie Therese Mein, Benoit Renoir: Josian Fauzou
I joined the Henri Favory Theatre Company in Mauritius in 1989, the same year I qualified as a nurse. After performing with the Company for ten years, I worked with French puppeteer Alexandra Shiva Melis and performed with the Castaway Community Theatre of Aberysthwyth. I wrote and performed a one-man show, You Know What I Mean at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2010. People often ask me 'Why Aberystwyth?' It's because when I look at the sea, I know that somewhere over the horizon is my homeland 'akot mo lonbri antere' ('where my umbilical cord is buried') - an old Kreol saying - and I feel close to it.

Barber, Bob Hope, M. Moulinie, Rolf Fricke, George T Churchill: Tom Hodgkins
Having come into acting from a Masters Degree in Industrial Robotics, my career in theatre has ranged for a long stint at the RSC including The Histories to the National Theatre and Broadway with Guys and Dolls and Not About Nightingales by Tennessee Williams via the David Glass Ensemble (Mosquito Coast) and Headlong (Decade). I also narrate documentaries and audio books, not to mention the odd film (the last was Hanna - dir Jon Wright) and TV (the last was Hustle).

Prosper: Ansu Kabia
I've been acting in the business for over six years now having spent time at drama school despite the fact that I did maths and physics at A-level. I've appeared in numerous plays in a number of theatres including The Library Theatre Manchester, the Arcola Theatre, Upstairs at the Gatehouse and Harlow Playhouse. I have worked with the NITRO theatre company and I recently completed three years with the RSC. Outside of all that I absolutely love to cycle.

David Ottaway, Paul Nitze, E.H. Peck, S.S. Mandary, K. Young: Nick Khan

I enjoy collaborating, those I have sweated with include; The London Bubble, The Royal Exchange, RSC, Steven Berkoff, Shared Experience, Soho Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and recently The Liverpool Playhouse. On TV amongst others Trial and Retribution, Spooks, Getting Out Alive!, The Fades and Outnumbered, and on Radio the prize winning Letters from Guantanamo. I am happy to return to the Citz in a cherry picked narrative unravelling some more delightful home truths. Throughout the day I freefall – a passenger to the whims of Gene and Pina

“Almost as suspenseful as it is richly, hauntingly elegiac.”

The Sunday Times

“An increasingly riveting evening that wraps hard facts in a parcel of fiction”

Evening Standard


The Times


The Guardian

“A mournful, cautionary tale of human collateral in the name of the ‘greater good’.”

Public Reviews

“This is an ambitious telling of an important story”

What's On Stage

“A rich tapestry woven of injustice, hypocrisy and loss; a tale of  the powerful against the powerless, the big silencing the small, and in this case, a tale made for theatre to tell.”

A Younger Theatre

“A lot for the audience to feast their eyes on”


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