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Home Truths: An Incomplete History of Housing Told in Nine Plays at The Bunker Theatre

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Time 19:30
Date 17/04/17
Price £10
  • Produced by The Bunker
  • Price £10-£35
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Performers from acclaimed theatre company Cardboard Citizens are squatting in The Bunker to present a playful exploration of housing from the slums of Victorian London to the madness of London today.

"Cardboard Citizens are pushing the boundaries of what needs to be said and opening up the discussion to more people who can make a difference" A Younger Theatre

An immersive multi-story speculation on need, greed and good intentions, HOME TRUTHS is revealed through the world premieres of nine short plays by some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights. Each Cycle can be seen as a stand-alone event, or you can book for two or three Cycles to receive a special discounted rate. 


Book by 16 April (more info here)

Home Truths preview tickets reduced to £7* (usually £10) – use promo code "CitzRiotPreviews"
Tickets for the rest of the run reduced to £10* (usually £15) use promo code "CitzRiot"

To redeem the offers, book online and quote the promo code when prompted (a code box will appear after you've put in your payment details).

*Offer Terms and Conditions: Tickets subject to availability. Offers must be booked by 23:59 16 April. Preview offer only valid for 17, 18 & 19 April. £10 tickets available when booking full price standard tickets (£15) for performances from 20 April, excluding 29 April & 13 May. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or be applied to existing bookings.


The Play Cycles


Slummers by Sonali Bhattacharyya

1887. Polly, 16, clashes with her mother, Ada, against the backdrop of the Victorian housing crisis. Polly is desperate to escape the slums at any cost, but Ada believes the compromises they’d have to make are too high. A story about the ‘deserving poor’ and the obstacles they face, whatever choices they make.

The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency by Heathcote Williams with Sarah Woods

Squat Now While Stocks Last. In the early 1970s, Heathcote Williams and friends set up an ‘estate agency’ to provide free accommodation for homeless people: ‘A tiny oasis in the capitalist consumerist shit-hole run by bloviating wank-puddles, and the forces of awe and boredom’. This is their story.

Back to Back to Back by Stef Smith

Nine months. Two couples. One building. Four people are trying to figure out their futures but with their backs against the breadline everyone is struggling to stay afloat. White flight, fertility and inhospitality are explored in this poetic domestic drama that examines the difference between a house and a home.



The Table by Lin Coghlan

In the backroom of a house in South London, residents from 1919 and 2017 find themselves struggling with similar challenges – what is home and in order to find one what might one be prepared to sacrifice? Wine is consumed, secrets confronted and the longing for a place to call one's own unites the people who shared this space 100 years apart. Put The Schwarzes Into De-Stat by Nessah Muthy London. 1958. Two women, one black, one white, battle against the ravages of Rachmanism and the 'other'. Amidst fear, hate, violence and racism war is unleashed on streets of Notting Hill. Will either woman make it home?

The House With the Yellow Front Door by Anders Lustgarten

Michael is one of the lucky ones. He’s got the Right to Buy. The right to choose the colour of his own front door. The right to leave this dreary, dull little life behind and seek adventure. To spread his wings and become the man he always knew he could be. And he can’t wait…



Henrietta by David Watson

June 1936. In a purgatorial reunion with her late husband Samuel, the philanthropist and social reformer Henrietta Barnett is asked what she would consider her greatest achievement. Her answer lies in NW11 between Golders Green and Finchley. But a trip to the 21st century might just trigger a rude awakening…

Nostalgia by EV Crowe

It's 1946, Anna's sick and she knows what she's got. She tries to tell her husband Martin, who is back from the war, and their friend Abel and then the doctor. She had it before the little place, it got a bit better in the communist squat, then worse again in the pigsty. But no one believes her illness is real, or what it means or that you can die from it.

Grip by Chris O’Connell

A series of unforeseen events change 51 year old Lorna’s life irrevocably. When she is diagnosed with terminal cancer, only days afterwards, in a freak timing of events, her landlord announces that he is evicting her and she is plunged into a world she knows nothing of. Benefits, homelessness testing, bidding for social housing.