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posted by Will Stone in Britain

A SEASON of plays shining a light on Britain’s housing crisis past and present will be launched next week.

The nine productions will cover topics from the housing of Victorian slums via the 1970s squat revolution to “white flight” — a term used to describe the large-scale emigration of white people from racially mixed areas — and gentrification of the 21st century.

Dubbed Home Truths, the plays have been produced by Cardboard Citizens in London, which works with and for homeless people, to mark the production company’s 25th anniversary.

The series, referred to as “an incomplete history of housing told in nine plays,” includes actors who have experienced homelessness.

Speaking to the Star, Cardboard Citizens founder and artistic director Adrian Jackson was quick to point out that it would be impossible to produce a true history of Britain’s housing crisis.

He said: “This is our attempt to portray British housing problems spanning 150 years. It would be wrong to label it a history, it could only ever be an incomplete history.

“But we hope the plays go some way in exploring the historic housing crisis and the various housing communities past and present in this country.”

Cardboard Citizens originally sprung up in Cardboard City in the bullring in Waterloo, London, where the Imax cinema is currently located.

The site saw homeless people living in cardboard boxes between 1983 and 1998, with up to 200 living there in the mid-80s.

The production company has performed in prisons and hostels as well as on stage.

The self-contained short plays will be performed three at a time at The Bunker in Southwark from April 17 to May 13.

On two days punters will be able to see all nine plays together as part of a theatrical sit-in at the theatre, with surprises promised.

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