Full line-up announced for Home Truths symposium

Posted on: 17 July 2017

Written by: Charlie Marshall

Full details have been announced for our final Home Truths Festival of Heritage Events date on Saturday 22 July. Exploring the question 'What can theatre do about housing?', our day-long programme of talks, debate and collaboration will feature a packed line-up of high profile organisations and individuals, all of whom will bring a new angle to discussions.

The full line-up is as follows:

Professor Nicholas Crowson will investigate the history of vagrancy, tracking the movements of homeless people across the 19th and 20th Century. The session will examine historical case studies and challenge assumptions about how people have become homeless.

Inspired by themes of responses to homelessness explored in the Home Truths plays, Museum of Homelessness will bring together archival evidence, real life testimony and a healthy dose of realism, to demonstrate why approaches to ‘solving’ homelessness is much more complex than it seems.

Community organisers and activists Take Back The City will facilitate a workshop exploring the creative tools that can be used to give a voice to people not normally involved in the political space.

The Homelessness Reduction Act that was passed earlier this year marks the biggest change to England’s homelessness laws in 40 years. Hear how campaigning helped make it happen.

Sue Tibballs, OBE, Chief Executive of The Sheila McKechnie Foundation, will lead a session on the successful features of a campaign; outlining some of the trends in campaigning today and the key steps in planning a campaign. Participants will then come up with their own campaign idea.

Acclaimed playwright Ali Taylor (Cathy) will explore the challenges and processes of writing a political play. Participants will learn how to identify the story that they want to tell, finding a character and then plotting out their story.

Following the Grenfell tragedy, Becka Hudson – Radical Housing Network coordinator and theatre-maker in her own right – will highlight the recent historical context around disinvestment in social housing which has led us here, but also the urgency and fear created in estates across the UK.
Bringing the day’s discussions and activities into sharp focus, Becka will talk about their work supporting the Grenfell Action Group and other estate resident and social housing campaigns across London (such as Focus E15, Save Cressingham). The talk will be concluded with a Q&A.

Home Truths: What Can Theatre Do About Housing runs from 10am to 6pm, and will conclude with a drinks reception. Tickets are £5 with all proceeds going to The Red Cross London Fire Relief fund for the people of Grenfell Tower (please note Eventbrite takes an administration fee of £1.51, which we are unable to donate). The event follows our inaugural creative symposium in 2016, which you can watch a short video about here.

Tickets have now sold out, but if you are interested in attending, please join the waiting list here.