Kate Winslet CBE hosted an exclusive event in the City of London on Saturday night in her role as ambassador for Cardboard Citizens, a unique, award-winning charity that changes the lives of those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless through theatre and the performing arts.
At the event, where Ms Winslet made a speech to guests and met with Cardboard Citizens’ members, Cardboard Citizens Artistic Director Adrian Jackson announced Home Truths, an ambitious programme of work supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) looking at housing over the last 150 years including new commissions for performance, talks and the development of new talent.
The work will be produced over three years, beginning in late 2015. Currently in its research and development stage work has begun on a project entitled Street/Life which tells the stories and histories of individuals living on one street in East London. The final project will be a fusion of live verbatim performance, a digital image archive and an interactive soundscape.
Throughout the next financial year Cardboard Citizens will also be commissioning seven new plays examining the housing situation in the UK from the late Victorian period to the present day.
Speaking about the event, Adrian Jackson said “We are immensely privileged to have the support of one of the world’s greatest actors. Without Kate and the many other people who support our work we wouldn’t be where we are today, bringing previously unheard stories to the public’s awareness.”