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.
You could call it the Corbynisation of new writing. In the past couple of years, a series of plays have plumbed the lower depths, looking at the subject of good people trapped in zero-hour contracts and terrible working conditions. Like Ken Loach’s dreary film, I, Daniel Blake, these plays have integrity, but very little dramatic content.
New play about casual work and disability is a thinly written Corbynesque drama.
New devised piece about poverty and temporary accommodation is extremely powerful, but also deeply flawed.