A Play About Homelessness by Dougie Blaxland
Listed by The Guardian as amongst the “readers’ favourite theatre of the year” 2020
In just two years from 2017 to 2019, more than 800 people died living and sleeping rough on the streets of the UK – a significant number of them have never been identified or named. Unknown is a verbatim play dramatising the tragic but true story of one young person’s journey from an abusive childhood to a life on the streets of Bath – one of the most affluent cities in the UK.
Supported by The Big Lottery and The Big Issue, Unknown has been written by Dougie Blaxland with the assistance of six people who have recent experience of homelessness: Sammy Clark, Nathan Dempster, Ian Duff, Paul Jones, Lloyd Rusdale and Anthony Williams.
Unknown is directed and produced by Moira Hunt and Shane Morgan of RoughHouse Theatre and features Dan Gaisford, Sabrina Laurison and Alex Stedman.
Reviews for previous work by RoughHouse Theatre and Dougie Blaxland:
“Intimate, extremely moving and wonderful performances.” The Guardian
“Harrowing stories eloquently told – all the more shocking because we know them to be true.” Filmmaker Ken Loach
Getting The Third Degree
Play of the Year 2019 (Salford Star)
“Perfectly paced, impressively assured.” The Bath Magazine
“Beautifully written…this puts football in its social context.” The Telegraph
The Long Walk Back
“A remarkable piece.” The Guardian
“Taut, probing and beautifully structured.” My Theatre Mates
When The Eye Has Gone
**** (4 stars) “Brimming with charisma and honesty.” The Stage
“What makes Blaxland’s piece so compelling is that Milburn’s is a universal tale.” The Telegraph