This is a sponsored article on behalf of the National Theatre.
What does the word ‘home’ mean to you? With homelessness amongst young people in the UK at a record high, for many young Londoners, this question can be a provoking one.
Back at The Shed after its sell-out run last August, Nadia Fall’s Home brings to life the real stories of dispossessed young Londoners as they find themselves alone and in need of help. Based on 48 hours’ worth of interviews with residents and staff from homeless shelters in the capital, Home is an honest, unabashed, unrelenting look at a very current issue.
Set within a fictional inner-city high rise hostel and accompanied by live music, the audience is introduced to Target East’s residents via a documentary-style framework. One young girl was smuggled to London in a lorry. Another was made pregnant by a man she cannot name. There’s a boy who just wants to feel safe. The stories are moving and, crucially, they’re also real.
Home gives a voice to those not usually heard and gives us cause to consider the troubling idea that, as one character puts it: “This is the culture in London: that’s just the way it is.”
Home is at The Shed 26 March-30 April 2014 (a few dates have already sold out and there’s limited availability on others so book soon to avoid disappointment). Tickets cost £20/£12 and can be booked online or via the Box Office on 020 7452 3244.