Let’s talk about homelessness and housing in the UK
“Don’t take for granted the roof over your head” is one of the take-home messages from Cardboard Citizens’ production of Cathy, by the artistic director of Cardboard Citizens, Adrian Jackson, and writer, Ali Taylor. Last Wednesday, between leaving my Southwark office and arriving for the press night of Cathy at the Soho Theatre, I saw at least five people living rough on the streets of London. They were either asking for spare change or sleeping on top of cardboard boxes. According to the charity, Shelter, they estimate 307,000 people are homeless or living in inadequate housing (based on studies published in November 2017).