The Homefront - Union Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FAIRGROUND Theatre Company, in association with the Union Theatre, is presenting John Kristian’s The Homefront at the Southwark venue. A musical exploration of life on the streets of London, it runs from August 6 to August 9, 2014.
I found a community that I never knew existed and saw first-hand the lengths to which homeless people go to keep themselves alive. John Kristian.
The Homefront was written after John Kristian became homeless for a short period in 2013. His time on the streets inspired him to share the stories of the many people he met.
Audiences will follow the fortunes of three homeless men living in London: sharing their stories of day to day life, seeing the inside of a jail cell for the wrong reasons, facing fears, experiencing tragedy and coming to terms with their fate.
Each of these homeless men are at different stages of their journey, but their stories bring them together, and, in turn, also tear them apart.
Kristian’s time on the street enambled him to see parts of London hidden from plain sight, meet people invisible to the public eye and also record real conversations that are featured within the text of the performance.
From doctors to students, and those struggling with their vices, the stories of the people of the street inspired Kristian to create a challenging piece of theatre that would show the London public what life is like on The Homefront.
John Kristian has recently built his reputation as a writer after two successful runs of his showcase Songs from the Playground, featuring extracts from his work including VOW, The Notebook (Concept), The Holiday (Concept), Home Alone (Concept), Hidden Talents and The Homefront.
Kristian is also co-founder of Fairground Theatre Company, a new company looking to develop the work of new British musical theatre writers.
Tickets: £15, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 0207 261 9876 or online at www.uniontheatre.biz/.
Pacific Overtures, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, continues at the Union Theatre until August 2, 2014.