Homes for Cathy blog – December 2016

Last month, we held our school screenings of Cathy Come Home at the Showroom which was a great success, with a number of students from different schools across the Sheffield region attending. The screening featured an interactive quiz on homelessness and the housing crisis, and was followed by a question and answer session with Tony Stacey and with Sheffield based homelessness charity Roundabout.

We’ve also held several Cathy Come Home screenings at The Meadows and White Willows in the past few weeks, gathering reactions to the film in a Gogglebox style which we hope to share with everyone in the New Year. We’ll be continuing screenings of the film in the coming weeks, with screenings at Whitfield House and Cuthbert Bank already scheduled in.

Cardboard Citizens

The Cardboard Citizens performances on 10th and 11th January at the Crucible Theatre have sold out which is wonderful! There are some complimentary tickets still available for SYHA stakeholders and customers, and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to reserve any, please contact Grace Darbyshire by emailing

There are also upcoming performances of ‘Cathy’ at Cast in Doncaster and at the Barnsley Civic Theatre – you can book tickets by visiting the Cathy page on our website.

Cardboard Citizens have also recently received funding to deliver a series of free workshops across several UK regions, one of which is Sheffield, and would like to offer them to SYHA staff and customers. They will run two separate workshops, to engage:

  • People with experience of, or who are at risk of homelessness
  • Arts practitioners, mental health professionals, people working in the charity sector and housing sector staff

About the workshops

Participants will be introduced to ‘forum theatre’ and how it can be used to help people tell stories that are important to them. After learning the basics through fun drama games and improvisation, the group will act out a scenario that they recognise from real life, making decisions along the way about the choices characters make. As forum theatre’s founder, Augusto Boal said, forum theatre is ‘a rehearsal for life’ and these workshops will give participants the chance to take ownership of their actions and explore different ways to deal with situations of relevance to them.

If this is something which you are interested in, please email for more information and to book a place. We are looking to schedule them for early January, and if you can’t make it to one of the sessions there will be the further opportunity to attend follow up workshops with local theatre company Dead Ernest in 2017.

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