What does it mean to be housed in temporary accommodation? How do you end up there? And once you’re there, how ‘temporary’ is it really?
We’re in the midst of a housing crisis. We know there’s not enough social or affordable housing to go round. We know there’s a rise in evictions, of communities being displaced. But what is the human cost?
In June of 2017 published figures recorded over 77,000 households in temporary accommodation with over 120,000 children spending their Christmas in temporary accommodation.
TEMPORARY explores the social and political reasons for the surge in households in temporary accommodation, why women (single mothers especially) are particularly at risk of ‘social cleansing’ in London and the emotional effects for women and children in temporary accommodation.
TEMPORARY ran at Nottingham Playhouse as part of The Party Somewhere Else feminist theatre festival in March 2018, returning to Camden People’s Theatre for the Common People festival of working class theatre in April 2018.
Cast and Crew:
Writer: Libby Liburd
Dramaturg and Director: Julie Addy
Mother: Libby Liburd
Landlord, Housing Officer, Estate Agent, Housing Crisis Chicken: Susie Riddell
Projections: Neo Liburd
Stage Manager and Technical Operator: Rosanna Mallinson
Voiceovers: Esther Stanford, Zolfa Zahedi, Rosa-Marie Lewis
Lighting Design: Sherry Coenen
Photographer: Yasmin Merrin & David Monteith-Hodge
TEMPORARY supports The Magpie Project a vital, grassroots campaign for mums and children in temporary accommodation in Newham www.themagpieproject.org
Opening video from: Dispossession - The Great Social Housing Swindle. Thanks to director Paul Sng and Velvet Joy Productions for giving us permission to use a snippet of this vital documentary.
BBC Newsnight at Boundary House: What happens when there’s a shortage of social housing?, The Guardian, Lisa Mckenzie