Citz brings theatre to St Albans' Squatlife

Posted on: 12 June 2018

Written by: Charlie Marshall

Cardboard Citizens will work with people with experience of homelessness in St Albans this summer and offer free Forum Theatre training as part of St Albans' Squatflife Festival.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, St Albans Arts Team's Squatlife project will explore the city's fascinating and unexpected history of squatting; exploring historical and contemporary responses to homelessness. 
Inspired originally by Dave Kotula’s incredible photographs of squatted premises in St Albans in the 1980s, which will be featured in an exhibition at the new St Albans Museum and GallerySquatlife will bring together a number of organisations to explore the subject with the local community.
 
In the latest of Cardboard Citizens' National Residencies, we have begun outreach in St Albans to bring together a group of homeless or recently homeless residents from the local area to create a new piece of theatre based on their own experiences. Over two weeks (16 to 27 July) participants will work with Cardboard Citizens artists to share stories, learn acting skills and earn a PEARL qualification. The fortnight will culminate in a public performance on 27 July at the Abbey Theatre
 
Ahead of the residency, we will be sharing our skills and methodology in two free Forum Theatre introductory sessions for theatre practitioners and social/third sector staff based in Hertfordshire in St Albans' Trestle Arts Centre on 19 June. You can find more details here
 
Details of how you can see the performance will be announced shortly. If you or someone you know lives in St Albans who has experience of homelessness, please share details of our taster day on 12 July for people interested in participating in the project or email mark@cardboardcitizens.org.uk