Cardboard Citizens’ Cathy heads to Edinburgh

Posted on: 20 April 2017

Written by: Charlie Marshall

Cathy is back! Following our hugely successful 2016-2017 UK tour, we are excited to announce that our critically acclaimed production will play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.

Cathy will play at the Pleasance Theatre’s King Dome from 2 to 26 August, marking the first time in Cardboard Citizens’ 25 year history it has staged a production at the popular festival. The original cast – Alex Jones, Amy Loughton, Cathy Owen and Hayley Wareham – will all reprise their roles.


Directed by our Artistic Director Adrian Jackson, Cathy premiered last autumn following our one-off theatrical re-staging of Ken Loach’s seminal work Cathy Come Home at the Barbican. Inspired by the iconic film, award-winning playwright Ali Taylor’s new play continued Cardboard Citizens exploration of the state of housing and homelessness with a powerful and timely look at the social and personal impact of spiralling housing costs.

"At a time of escalating house prices and entrenched inequality, a touching and troubling productions like this may be just as urgent now as they were half a century ago." The Stage on Cathy

While the UK tour featured a Forum Theatre section, following the performance of the play, Edinburgh audiences will experience a similar style of interactive theatre called Legislative Theatre. This will offer audiences a chance to voice their opinion at every performance, take action, express their views and contribute to the proposal of new housing laws. This new format follows the high-profile performance of Cathy at the House of Lords earlier this year when the company presented to MPs the top five housing laws suggested by audiences on the UK tour.

As with all Cardboard Citizens productions, a proportion of tickets for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe run will be made available to people with experience of homelessness at £1.

The show will follow our current London season Home Truths, which features the world premieres of nine new plays exploring the history of housing and a cast of ten, including Cathy’s Cathy Owen. Tickets can be booked now here for performances until 13 May.

Tickets for Cathy in Edinburgh are on sale now. Visit The Pleasance website to book your tickets and let us know you’re coming on social media using #Cathy


With thanks to

Arts Council England Lottery funded