Homelessness theatre company Cardboard Citizens will hit this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe with a new play dealing with homeless lives – and the scale of largely unrecorded homeless deaths.
Following the success of critically-acclaimed Cathy in 2017 – the company’s revival of Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home – Bystanders will tell the true-life stories of people who died on the streets of the UK.
Audiences can look forward to hearing the “true stories and reasoned speculations” about the lives and deaths of of a Windrush generation boxer, a Polish migrant and a man with a bottle of gin and a television in his shopping trolley.
Writer, director and Cardboard Citizens founder Adrian Jackson said the show will be a “theatrical eulogy, part commemoration, part celebration, part condemnation, part post-mortem, part intra-vitam, around homeless lives and deaths and the causes of both”.
He added: “These stories remind us how much is to be done.”
Last year the Bureau for Investigative Journalism exposed the shocking rate of homeless deaths across the UK. As many as 800 homeless men and women died between October 2017 and March 2019.