Cathy Come Home marks its 50th anniversary

Posted on: 17 November 2016

Written by: Charlie Marshall

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the first screening of Ken Loach’s film Cathy Come Home.

Back in 1966 a quarter of the UK population tuned into the BBC to watch his seminal and life-changing story about one family’s slide into homelessness, and this year we at Cardboard Citizens have done our bit to bring it back into the public’s consciousness.

In June more than 20 Cardboard Citizens Members – all of whom themselves have had experience of homelessness – performed the first ever theatrical staging to a sold out audience at the Barbican Theatre. Fast forward four months and our modern day new Forum Theatre piece Cathy, which imagines Cathy’s life in 2016, began its critically acclaimed tour of the UK.

Here’s a look at some of the coverage yesterday from the thousands of people who used the hashtag #Cathyat50 to mark the milestone of this influential work.

Don’t forget, you can catch our production of Cathy across the country until February 2016 (check out all the venues and dates still to come here) and watch our performance of Cathy Come Home at the Barbican on YouTube.