‘To Whom it May Concern’ play and workshop

Groundswell and Cardboard Citizens are proud to present To Whom it May Concern: a new play and workshop about people’s experiences of the benefits and health systems while facing homelessness.

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Drawing on real people’s stories and Groundswell’s research, the play explores the complex connections between welfare, health and homelessness.

‘To Whom It May Concern’ follows the story of Diane who is the mother of 14-year-old Ruby. She is evicted from her home and her story follows the multiple and entangled struggles she experiences around her health, accessing benefits and finding support.

This moving and powerful production has been written by Sophie Ellerby, directed by Stef O’Driscoll and performed by a cast with experience of the issues.

Join us for a free performance and workshop in London

Across June and July, the events will provide an opportunity to:

  • watch the play and attend a workshop to address the points below
  • come together with people from different sectors
  • learn more about the complexities of homelessness, health and welfare
  • explore solutions to better support people – what needs to change to ensure stories like Diane’s are a thing of the past?

The play and events are part of Groundswell’s ongoing Benefits for Health project, funded by Trust for London.

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Event details

If you have any particular accessibility requirements, difficulties signing up or queries please email us using: [email protected]

Who should attend?

These free events will be of interest to people who work in and around the health and social care sector, welfare services, public services and charity sectors.

Locations and sign up

Southwark Playhouse:

17th June (2pm-4:30pm) – FULLY BOOKED

20th June (2pm-4:30pm) – FULLY BOOKED

Kiln Theatre (Brent):

21st June (1:30pm-4pm) – sign up here

23rd June (1:30pm-4pm) – sign up here

Stanley Arts (Norwood/Croydon):

27th June (10:30am-1pm) – sign up here

29th June (10:30am-1pm) – sign up here

1st July (1:30pm-4pm) – sign up here

Union Chapel (Islington): 

6th July (2pm-4:30pm) – FULLY BOOKED

Each event will be in-person and last 2 hours 30 minutes. Tea, coffee and a selection of cakes will be provided.

If you can no longer attend please let us know so someone else can take your ticket!

Cast and creative crew

**Actors: Yvonne Whickham, John Watts, Demi Wilson Smith, Francesca Thompson

**Playwright: Sophie Ellerby

**Director: Stef O’Driscoll

**Workshop design and facilitation: Simone Helleren and Groundswell Peer Researchers and Journalists


About Cardboard Citizens

Cardboard Citizens creates theatre with, for and about citizens with lived experience of poverty, inequity and homelessness. They use theatre, art and training to empower individuals to make change in their own lives, and in their communities.

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