In a moving practitioner session, Darren France and Lalia Choat described their research for the new verbatim play Street Life – meeting and talking to people experiencing homelessness in Norfolk. Darren and Lalia talked about the real-life stories that have gone into the play. This impactful seminar brought home depth, breadth and multitude of reasons why people end up losing their homes.
Devin Smith, a local artist, talked about the background to her very human paintings of the homeless, telling the individuals’ personal stories. The paintings (see selection above) are being displayed in the Theatre Royal, Stage Two and the Norwich Playhouse throughout February.
The final part of the seminar was a Q&A with Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal. This lively and informative session brought home how the respective agencies are working together to fight homelessness. It was encouraging to hear from Jan Sheldon, Chief Executive of St Martin’s Housing Trust, that homelessness figures in Norfolk have dropped this year. However, there is still a high demand for homes, but with agencies working closely together, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
For more information about the Creative Matters programme, or to book, please go to ntr.org.uk/CreativeMatters