Image by Pamela Raith Photography
With I, Daniel Blake enjoying so much success and shedding light on our current failing benefits system, now is as good a time as any to experience some of Ken Loach’s other films. His pioneering drama Cathy Come Home, where a young mother descends into poverty and homelessness, remains one of his most iconic works and is the inspiration behind a brand new production at Northern Stage on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th January.
Cathy, written by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor and presented by acclaimed theatre makers Cardboard Citizens, takes the themes of Loach’s film and puts them into a more modernised setting. The show will examine the negative effects of spiralling housing costs, gentrification and the challenges that people face by having to move further out of the capital. Conducted in the Forum Theatre style, which encourages interactive storytelling, the audience will have the opportunity to change the outcome of the story by offering their opinions on what could be done to affect the characters’ lives. Regardless of the interaction the audience choose to commit to, it’s certain to offer a prime opportunity to reflect on the all-too real issues that Cathy throws into poignant, thought-provoking and powerful relief.