A Play About Homelessness by Dougie Blaxland
Date27 October 2022 20:00 - 22:00
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In what award-winning playwright Dougie Blaxland describes as “a drama that incorporates multi-roling within an ensemble framework” all 58 parts will be played by a cast of just three actors: Scott Bayliss, Dan Gaisford and Sabrina Laurison.
Big Issue Foundation has supported the production by applying for and securing funding from Arts Council England. Tracy Griffin, CEO of Big Issue Foundation, said that “with the exponential increase in homelessness over the last three years there has never been a more important time to raise awareness of the issues and the reality of life on the streets in the UK today. It is in this context that we are working with Roughhouse Theatre to bring their compelling drama to as wide an audience as possible.”
Moira Hunt who is directing the play on behalf of Roughhouse Theatre said that she was “excited to be working with actors of such skill to create a production of the highest quality to match and surpass the power and intensity of the much heralded radio drama.”
Playwright Dougie Blaxland who has written UNKNOWN in collaboration with members of Bath’s homeless community added that he was looking forward to “renewing the creative partnership with Roughhouse Theatre” that brought them the 2021 National Campaign for the Arts Award for their recent production of N17 - a programme about the misrepresentation of Tottenham in the media.
Explaining the origins of UNKNOWN Blaxland said that “the idea came to me when I read an astonishing article I stumbled across on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s website which revealed that in just two years from 2017 to 2019, more than 800 people died living and sleeping rough on the streets of the UK - a significant number of them - very nearly half - have never been identified or named.”
UNKNOWN opens at South Street Studio Reading on October 18th and runs for 4 weeks until November 5th. Profits from the production will support the work of Big Issue Foundation, changing lives through enterprise for Big Issue vendors and other marginalised groups.
Performances on 27th & 28th October 2022 at 8pm.
Kemsing Walk, Tunbridge Sq, Salford M5 4AS, UK
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