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Shelter

Performed: March 2003

Description

Originally written for National Theatre Connections, this one act play explores homelessness and its effects on a group of young people. Shelter is a political play but it is not the agitprop of the seventies. The anger is understated. A fragment of society is portrayed without comment and the audience is left to make up its mind about how our society causes homelessness and deals with it. The play is structured as scenes interspersed with monologues when characters reveal themselves.

"I found Shelter a very upsetting play to write because I kept on being drawn into situations where things were intolerable. Young people leave home because they are being beaten or sexually abused or there is not enough room for them at home. And all the time legislation is making it more difficult for them to survive. The problems for the homeless include the cold, sickness, their vulnerability, the loss of dignity. But I think the worst thing must be the sheer terror inside, the fact that anybody could come up and give them a severe beating and no one would care." – Simon Bent

Cast & Crew

Written by: Simon Bent

Full cast list (in alphabetical order):

Amanda Ellis

Alex Drake

Dean Robinson

Neale Long

Martha Blakey

Sarah Veevers

Zac Jones

Amy Lea

Ben Healey

Alex Scadden

Akeel Ahmed

Natalie Midgley

Ross Malone

Niki

Dan

Gary

Dougie

Anna

Carly

Wally

Lesley

John

Darren

Alf

Angela

Wayne

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