Cardboard Citizens casts Coventry musical

Published: 3 September 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Cast and key creatives of The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency (from left) Sarah Workman, Wesley Charles, Daisy Ann Fletcher, Joseph Tweedale, Sarah Woods, Adrian Jackson, Akintayo Akinbode, Hannah Azuonye, Boff Whalley, Hollie Cassar, Benji Lord and Matt Burns Credit: Joe Bailey

Cardboard Citizens has announced the eight-strong cast for the world première of its musical The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency which will open at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre.

Joseph Tweedale plays John "Mad Dog" Sky, founder of The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency, the world's first estate agency for squatters. The rest of the cast comprises Hannah Azuonye, Matt Burns, Hollie Cassar, Wesley Charles, Daisy Ann Fletcher, Benji Lord and Sarah Workman.

The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency is a “feelgood musical about community and DIY activism from the 1970s” and is based on an original work by late activist, poet and playwright Heathcote Williams.

It tells the true story of a group of revolutionaries, artists and free-thinkers who created the world's first estate agency for squatters, offering free housing for anyone in need.

The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency is directed by the Cardboard Citizens founding artistic director Adrian Jackson and written by Coventry-born playwright Sarah Woods. Music is by former lead guitarist of Chumbawamba, Boff Whalley. Musical director is Akintayo Akinbode.

The musical forms part of Coventry City of Culture's arts and homelessness festival Home which coincides with World Homeless Day on 10 October. The festival marks a week-long celebration of arts and homelessness projects in Coventry made by people who have lived experience of homelessness.

The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency runs at the Belgrade Theatre from Saturday 9 until Saturday 16 October (press night Tuesday 12 October).