Writing for Forum Theatre
Staging stories of oppression
Adrian Jackson is the Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens, a theatre company working particularly with homeless people, which he founded in 1991 whilst working for London Bubble; his last production for the latter was a punk rock musical by Catherine Johnson (of ABBA fame) Too Much Too Young. He has directed over 30 productions for Cardboard Citizens, including Pericles and Timon of Athens, co-produced with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Beggar’s Opera (with ENO), The Lower Depths (with London Bubble) and the Evening Standard award-winning Mincemeat. His 2012 play A Few Man Fridays about the expulsion of the Chagos islanders played to critical acclaim at Riverside Studios. Kate Tempest’s Glasshouse (2014), Sarah Woods’ Benefit (2015) and Ali Taylor’s Cathy all toured nationally. In 2017 he co-directed a season of new plays around the history of housing, Home Truths, with commissions from Stef Smith, EV Crowe, Heathcote Williams, David Watson, Nessah Muthy, Chris O’Connell, Sonali Battacharya, Lin Coghlan and Anders Lustgarten. In 2019 he wrote and directed Bystanders, which performed to sellout houses at the Edinburgh Fringe.
As Augusto Boal’s translator on five books, he is a leading expert on Theatre of the Oppressed and has taught this work throughout the world. He was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Years Honours. His first film, Here For Life, co-directed with Andrea Zimmerman and produced by Artangel, premiered in 2019.