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09/07/03
Theatre on the Streets
- Homeless people take to the stage

THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY collaborate with Cardboard Citizens, the UK's only homeless people's professional theatre company. Their co-production of Shakespeare's Pericles takes place in a warehouse off the Old Kent Road from August 10.

The initiative is championed by Clare Venables and Adrian Jackson, the RSC's Director of Education and Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens respectively. Pericles was chosen because by focusing on the themes of exile and refuge the play highlights issues of homelessness. Set in the shadow of war, the plot concerns a high profile politician in exile and a young woman sold into another country's sex industry.

Jackson describes Shakespeare's concerns as highly topical. Venables stresses that the production aims to engage those who often feel daunted and alienated by Shakespeare. "This production offers the RSC the opportunity to test our belief that Shakespeare does speak to and for all, whatever their circumstances or language," says Venables.



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