As part of Homelessness Awareness Week, book for an evening of theatre and film to challenge assumptions around homelessness on Mon 26 Feb.
6pm - 7pm Forum Theatre piece
7.15pm - 9pm Film premiere and Q and A (including the police, members of Bristol City Council, and sector experts)
A Forum Theatre piece has been devised by young people who have experienced of homelessness and mental ill-health and is based on their own real life stories. It explores the pressures of being a young person trying to stay off the streets, navigating their way through life trying to deal with challenges in relationships, money, accessing services and managing their mental health.
Forum theatre invites audiences to stop the performance and come up on stage to try out different approached a character might take when dealing with challenges. Actors improvise around them and it is a powerful way to open up discussions about how to change people’s lives.
This project is a partnership between Many Minds, Cardboard Citizens and 1625 Independent People.
‘Sleeping Rough’ is a community-based film raising awareness of street homelessness in the UK. Using real interviews conducted with rough sleepers and members of the homeless community all around the country, the film is a docudrama that follows three characters, looking at the circumstances that force each of them to sleep on the street.
• ‘Sleeping Rough’ follows three characters, each on their journey to street homelessness. Jack is an engineer who, through a chain of events, loses his job, his flat, and his family. Catherine is a young woman who moves straight out of care into a flat with her boyfriend, however it soon becomes clear that the relationship is emotionally abusive, and with noone to turn to, she escapes onto the streets. Eva is an immigrant who, to avoid being deported, accepts a job where she is underpaid, overworked and exploited. Soon, she too decides to escape.
• All the events in the film have been described by members of the homeless community; everything that takes place has happened to someone; it’s real. While the events follow a script, all the dialogue is improvised, and was established through a series of rehearsals between Owain Astles, the film’s director, and the film’s cast, many of whom have experience of homelessness themselves. Many of the scenes in the film were shot on location, in shelters and soup kitchens, and on the streets, so the actors were plunged right into the situations they were bringing to life.