Cumbria residency to present new play

Posted on: 24 November 2016

Written by: Charlie Marshall

For the past three weeks Cardboard Citizens has been working with Rosehill Theatre in Cumbria on a Citz National Residency that will conclude with the sharing of a brand new play today.

Our National residencies bring together local homeless or vulnerable people to explore the barriers they are facing and identify solutions, through fun, creative workshops and performances.

Part-funded by the Big Lottery Fund, this work includes bringing intensive Forum Theatre projects to local groups. On a personal level the work raises confidence and improves self-esteem, while on a community level it helps boost employability and break down barriers. It also crucially enables local arts practitioners to train in this life-changing form of theatre so the work can continue after Cardboard Citz have left the area.

Today marks the sharing of a brand new theatre piece created by the participants of our latest residency in Cumbria, in partnership with Rosehill on the Road. With a working title of On The Edge, the group have worked with Cardboard Citz’s Terry O’Leary to create this story of life after rehab, as one woman struggles to cope with the pressures of a new job and the reunion with her husband.

The sharing will take place at 3pm at Moorclose Community Theatre, and will be attended by members of Rosehill Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Cumbria Council and other local organisations. If you are interested in attending, please email

The residency coincides with two performances of our four star acclaimed play Cathy, which ends its near sell-out autumn leg of a six month UK tour in Cumbria on 29 and 30 November. View details and book tickets on the Rosehill Theatre’s website.