It was the first time I experienced warmth and felt in safe hands.
Before I came to Cardboard Citizens I had just come out of a relationship and was depressed. Not a nice place to be. I was homeless and there was nowhere for me to go. The Council directed me to Crisis, I registered there and they said I could take classes. I was just happy to have a place to sleep in the winter.
I remember a poster for Cardboard Citizens in my hostel. I came down and honestly I was impressed with their acting. After the play, the staff gave me some information
and told me: ‘you can come and play with us.’ And I went to one of the workshops. I was so, so nervous. It was for this Rough Pearl project and I wanted to stay because they did professional work, and ran it like a theatre. It was the first time I experienced warmth and felt in safe hands. Theatre people have empathy and I felt in a safe place.
We talked about confidence on the stage. This was what I was missing. They were talking about people’s needs. I was really surprised and shocked, that all my questions, which I thought were mine, other people had too.
Cardboard Citizens are these people who support you and I see it as my new beginning. It was a great experience, and in March I saw Kate Winslet there. She was holding her hands, she gave me wink, and I honestly felt she was passing a message to me. Right now, I go to college. It’s a different environment there, a different challenge for me. I’m not scared any more. Cardboard Citizens, they made it better for me. And then Kate gave me a kind of confidence, in that moment, to know who I am.