Cathy by Ali Taylor
50 years ago Ken Loach’s ground-breaking Cathy Come Home shocked the UK with its portrayal of homelessness and poverty.
Ali Taylor’s play Cathy, created for Cardboard Citizens in 2016, explores the resonances of the film today in the light of the current crisis in housing costs and the consequences of gentrification. As Cathy desperately struggles to hold onto a life for her and her teenage daughter, she is launched into a nightmare downward spiral that shines a stark light on exploitative landlords and an underfunded social housing system.
Rosie Jones trained at RADA, and now works as an actor and director. She directs regularly at the Rose Theatre Kingston, with a new adaptation of Hansel and Gretel opening later this year. Rosie has directed several shows for the RADA Festival, she assisted Prasanna Puwanarajah on Journey's End last term, and is currently in post-production for her latest film The Christmas Bull.
An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.
Photographs by Helen Murray.
"A rollercoaster that gathers momentum and veers off the tracks": the powerful truths in Cathy
Cathy’s plight resonates with all of us. And my overwhelming sense when exploring this text is one of terror – of an overriding, faceless force that repeatedly oppresses and degrades Cathy.
Read the full blog from director (and RADA graduate) Rosie Jones, reflecting on the powerful immediacy and resonance of Ali Taylor's Cathy.
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