Cardboard Citizens' Adrian Jackson steps down

Published: 26 April 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Adrian Jackson in Home Truths rehearsals Credit: Pamela Raith Photography

Cardboard Citizens theatre company founder, joint CEO and artistic director Adrian Jackson MBE is to step down in July.

Prue Skene CBE, chair of trustees, said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Adrian on behalf of the Cardboard Citizens Board for his outstanding contribution to the charity, but more importantly for the difference he has made to the lives of hundreds of homeless people. Through the powerful productions he has produced, directed and written, through his Theatre of the Oppressed masterclasses which have inspired so many practitioners and others and through his ceaseless commitment to highlight what it means to be homeless, he is an inspirational figure in the world of arts for social change. We wish Adrian all the very best for the future”.

This year, the company marks thirty years of theatre work around homelessness and those who have and are experiencing it, raising public awareness and understanding around the issue.

Jackson will continue to work with the company as an associate artist; later in the year, he will direct a major musical production to celebrate their anniversary and he is also to co-direct a Cardboard Citizens production for BBC Radio 4. Next year will see the revival of his 2019 Edinburgh hit Bystanders on tour.

Applications will open to find Jackson's successor in early May. Information will become available online shortly. To register interest in the interim, e-mails should be sent to [email protected].

Cardboard Citizens' series of films The Here. Us. Now., based on the testimonies of three social housing estate residents, is available on YouTube.