Cardboard Citz takes over Rich Mix

Posted on: 21 June 2017

Written by: Charlie Marshall

Cardboard Citizens’ ACT NOW Members will perform a brand new Forum Theatre piece next month at leading arts venue Rich Mix as part of this year’s TAKEOVER Festival.

Every year East London’s Rich Mix hand over the reigns to a group of talented young producers, creatives and artists for a festival of events including spoken word, music, theatre, dance, comedy and much more.

Our ACT NOW Members will perform Hikikomori, an original piece of powerful drama they wrote and devised earlier this year, at the festival on 22 July. The piece was created in collaboration with HighRise Theatre Company's Dominic Garfield.

Taking its inspiration from the title – a Japanese word for the abnormal avoidance of social contact, typically by adolescent males – it explores how we address men’s mental health when we live in an age where young people are being asked to express themselves on every platform available from Facebook to WhatsApp, but risk shaming for showing a weakness or asking for help.

As with all Cardboard Citizens’ Forum Theatre work, the audience will have the chance to put themselves in the main character’s shoes and embark on a journey of self-discovery that could potentially inspire a positive movement within the culture of men’s mental health.

Speaking about Cardboard Citizens’ involvement, Margot Przymierska, Rich Mix’s Young People’s, Family and Community Producer, said: “We are delighted to support the development of Hikikomori by Cardboard Citizens during this year’s TAKEOVER, especially that it touches on the delicate subject of men’s mental health. This is an important voice that needs to be heard. Hikikomori invites audience to talk frankly about the pressure we all experience in today’s world and how to ask for help when it gets too much.”

ACT NOW is our ongoing programme for 16 to 25-year-olds, all of whom have experience of homelessness or are NEET (not in education or training). We run a number of ACT NOW projects throughout the year, ranging from spoken word to theatre, and offering training and qualification opportunities as part of the work. Check out our ACT NOW page for more information.

Come and support our ACT NOW performers and experience this candid and revealing play by booking your tickets for 22 July now here.