It will be a great day when this play no longer needs to tour. But for the moment, it is Cathy at the Soho Theatre is an essential.
As writer Ali Taylor rightly begins his programme notes, ‘there are thousands of Cathys in this country’ – we can only hope that, to its audiences, this play will be the impetus to help them.
Cardboard Citizens are a remarkable success story, especially dealing as they do with those at the sharp end of society, the ones who have fallen through the cracks. For 25 years, Adrian Jackson, CC’s founding father has pioneered theatre that will not let us forget what it is like to be homeless, to have lost everything including your dignity and identity.
Cathy, inspired by Ken Loach’s seminal 1966 film Cathy Come Home, has played in hostels, prisons and traditional theatre spaces across the country since premiering in October 2016. Tonight (18 January 2017) from 7.45pm, this evening’s performance live-streamed free from Cast in Doncaster by Pilot Theatre.