Dougie Blaxland's new audio play Unknown dramatises the true story of one young man's life on the streets of Bath

Between 2017 and 2019, more than 800 people died living and sleeping rough on the streets of the UK, a number of whom have never been named or identified. It’s a shocking statistic, yet it can be easy to lose sight of individual human stories when we’re simply presented with the numbers. 

Produced by Roughhouse TheatreUnknown is a new audio play following the true story of one young man’s life on the streets of Bath, one of the UK’s most affluent cities.

This powerful verbatim drama has been written by playwright Dougie Blaxland in collaboration with seven people with recent experience of homelessness: Sammy Clark, Nathan Dempster, Ian Duff, Paul Jones, Lloyd Rusdale and Anthony Williams.

It is directed and produced by RoughHouse Theatre‘s Shane Morgan and Moira Hunt, and funded and supported by Arts Council England, The Big Lottery Fund and The Big Issue Casting includes Dan Gaisford, Sabrina Laurison and Alex Stedman.

The play is now available to listen to online for free below, but listeners are encouraged to make a recommended donation of £6 where possible. All donations of £6 made to the Belgrade Theatre will be automatically split, with £1.50 going to support The Big Issue Foundation.

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