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Glasshouse at three London venues

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS SPRING, a new forum theatre play by award-winning poet, lyricist and writer Kate Tempest, is touring London’s homeless hostels, day centres and prisons.

Directed by Adrian Jackson, Glasshouse can be seen at the Roundhouse, Camden (March 2), The Albany, Deptford (March 7) and Rich Mix, Bethnal Green (March 16).

So here we are, today, a day when everything comes to a head. All I wanted was to change my life, but life changed me instead.

Glasshouse is a story about family and how hard it can be to keep loving.

Three short stories take audiences into the minds of three members of the same family – fragile as any of us, people who’ve given up on their dreams. They fail to stay together and struggle to survive apart.

Framed by Kate Tempest’s haunting poetry, the plays draws audiences into a dark and gritty London illuminated by moments of unexpected tenderness.

This is not theatre as you know it. Forum Theatre invites the audience to stop the action in the second part of the evening, and come on stage and rehearse alternative scenarios to lead to positive changes.

Glasshouse is presented by Cardboard Citizens, a company that has been making life-changing theatre with homeless and marginalised people for over twenty years. The Company employs actors with experience of homelessness to perform plays inspired by the experiences of homeless people. It is one of the world’s leading practitioners of Forum Theatre.

NB: Glasshouse contains strong language and scenes of drug-taking and violence, and is recommended for ages 16+.