"I'm tired of being the gum on someone's shoe...."

"I'm tired of being the gum on someone's shoe...."


"I'm tired of being the gum on someone's shoe...."

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SICK STORIES          A verbatim play           by Christina Katic

SICK STORIES              A verbatim play           

by Christina Katic

SICK STORIES              A verbatim play           

by Christina Katic

SICK STORIES

A verbatim play

by Christina Katic

SICK STORIES is a play made from real stories of people who've had to claim sick benefits.   Specifically Employment and Support Allowance. 

Otherwise known as ESA.   

This is the benefit you claim if you're too sick or disabled to work.  

SICK STORIES is a play made from real stories of people who've had to claim sick benefits.   Specifically Employment and Support Allowance. 

Otherwise known as ESA.   

This is the benefit you claim if you're too sick or disabled to work. 

 

"I wish I had a mood strip on my forehead - showing the level of pain I'm in....."     

                                     Benefits claimant   

"I wish I had a mood strip on my forehead - showing the level of pain I'm in....."     

                           Benefits claimant   

"I wish I had a mood strip on my forehead - showing the level of pain I'm in....."     

                              Benefits claimant   

"I wish I had a mood strip on my forehead - showing the level of pain I'm in....."     

Benefits claimant   

 

 

DWP Medical Assessment Centre

 

 DWP Assessment Centre - the House of Pain

 

 DWP Assessment Centre - the House of Pain

 

 DWP Assessment Centre - the House of Pain

Assessment centre photo May 2018

I've been a benefits adviser as well as a playwright.  When ESA started, I couldn't believe how bad it was.   Listening to people's struggles to get the benefit made me very angry.

That's why I started working on SICK STORIES.   

Real experiences.  Real voices. 

 

 

I've been a benefits adviser as well as a playwright.  When ESA started, I couldn't believe how bad it was.   Listening to people's struggles to get the benefit made me very angry.

That's why I started working on SICK STORIES.   

Real experiences.  Real voices. 

 

 "Government cut disability benefits of man with no legs 'because he could climb stairs with his arms' "

Independent, 1 March 2017

 


 "Government cut disability benefits of man with no legs 'because he could climb stairs with his arms' "

Independent, 1 March 2017


 "Government cut disability benefits of man with no legs 'because he could climb stairs with his arms' "

Independent, 1 March 2017

 "Government cut disability benefits of man with no legs 'because he could climb stairs with his arms' "

Independent, 1 March 2017


I've interviewed over 60 people.  People on ESA, people struggling to get ESA, benefits advisers, doctors, and skeptics.   I'm using their words to make a play. 

With many points of view, and different truths.   

I feel passionately that it's vital to give a voice to people who are not being heard. 


 I've interviewed over 60 people.  People on ESA, people struggling to get ESA, benefits advisers, doctors, and skeptics.   I'm using their words to make a play. 

With many points of view, and different truths.   

I feel passionately that it's vital to give a voice to people who are not being heard. 

So far...

In a development process generously supported by Arts Council England and with huge help and encouragement from Graeae Theatre Company, I worked on the material through workshops, led by director Amit Sharma.   Graeae commissioned me to write a script.

Now working with director Gemma Kerr, and with support from the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, we are working towards production in 2019.

The next step is two workshops in early summer 2018.  We will work on the text, develop a performance language, and integrate music and songs into the play.  We'll also be looking at accessibility - we want every performance to be fully accessible.

 

So far...

In a development process generously supported by Arts Council England and with huge help and encouragement from Graeae Theatre Company, I worked on the material through workshops, led by director Amit Sharma.   Graeae commissioned me to write a script.

Now working with director Gemma Kerr, and with support from the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, we are moving towards production later this year.

The next step is two workshops in early summer 2018.  We will work on the text, develop a performance language, and integrate music and songs into the play.  We'll also be looking at accessibility - we want every performance to be fully accessible.

We are working towards a production in 2019.

 

So far...

In a development process generously supported by Arts Council England and with huge help and encouragement from Graeae Theatre Company, I worked on the material through workshops, led by director Amit Sharma.   Graeae commissioned me to write a script.

Now working with director Gemma Kerr, and with support from the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, we are moving towards production later this year.

The next step is two workshops in early summer 2018.  We will work on the text, develop a performance language, and integrate music and songs into the play.  We'll also be looking at accessibility - we want every performance to be fully accessible.

We are working towards a production in 2019. 

Can you help?

We're looking for financial support for the workshops through Crowdfunding.  However, we know that many people who might be interested in SICK STORIES may be on benefits themselves.

If you're interested, if you want these voices heard, but you can't afford to give financially,  share our Crowdfunder, email us a message of support, or follow us on Twitter to show other funders that people want this play.

E: chris@sickbenefitsplay.org

T: @SICK_the_play

Our Crowdfunder was successful!  Thank you for all the support!  I'll be keeping you updated on how the workshops go.

Can you help?

We're looking for financial support for the workshops through Crowdfunding.  However, we know that many people who might be interested in SICK STORIES may be on benefits themselves.

If you're interested, if you want these voices heard, but you can't afford to give financially,  send us an email or follow us on Twitter to show other funders that people want this play.

E: chris@sickbenefitsplay.org

T: @SICK_the_play

If you can help financially, here's our Crowdfunder. 

 

Have a look at our Crowdfunder video.

There's more about our plans on Crowdfunder.

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 A New Wolsey Theatre Testing Ground Commission


 A New Wolsey Theatre Testing Ground Commission

 A New Wolsey Theatre Testing Ground Commission

 

Christina Katic, writer


I’m a playwright and screenwriter.  I’ve written for theatre, film, TV and radio.  My current work includes Loving Monsters, a film about Mary Shelley.    Cold Hands, a play about mothers and daughters, was produced at Theatre 503, Battersea.  I’ve written a drama about the start of the war in Croatia for BBC TV, (The Blood that’s in You), and a play about my father’s life for BBC radio (Snapshots).  I’ve also written for the Man in the Moon Theatre, Chelsea (Isle of the Departed) and for Manchester and Salisbury Youth Theatres (Airwaves, A Long Way from Kansas.)


 Christina Katic, writer


I’m a playwright and screenwriter.  I’ve written for theatre, film, TV and radio.  My current work includes Loving Monsters, a film about Mary Shelley.    Cold Hands, a play about mothers and daughters, was produced at Theatre 503, Battersea.  I’ve written a drama about the start of the war in Croatia for BBC TV, (The Blood that’s in You), and a play about my father’s life for BBC radio (Snapshots).  I’ve also written for the Man in the Moon Theatre, Chelsea (Isle of the Departed) and for Manchester and Salisbury Youth Theatres (Airwaves, A Long Way from Kansas.)

 Christina Katic, writer

I’m a playwright and screenwriter.  I’ve written for theatre, film, TV and radio.  My current work includes Loving Monsters, a film about Mary Shelley.    Cold Hands, a play about mothers and daughters, was produced at Theatre 503, Battersea.  I’ve written a drama about the start of the war in Croatia for BBC TV, (The Blood that’s in You), and a play about my father’s life for BBC radio (Snapshots).  I’ve also written for the Man in the Moon Theatre, Chelsea (Isle of the Departed) and for Manchester and Salisbury Youth Theatres (Airwaves, A Long Way from Kansas.)


 Christina Katic, writer

I’m a playwright and screenwriter.  I’ve written for theatre, film, TV and radio.  My current work includes Loving Monsters, a film about Mary Shelley.    Cold Hands, a play about mothers and daughters, was produced at Theatre 503, Battersea.  I’ve written a drama about the start of the war in Croatia for BBC TV, (The Blood that’s in You), and a play about my father’s life for BBC radio (Snapshots).  I’ve also written for the Man in the Moon Theatre, Chelsea (Isle of the Departed) and for Manchester and Salisbury Youth Theatres (Airwaves, A Long Way from Kansas.)

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Gemma Kerr, director


I have directed at theatres and venues across the UK including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Southwark Playhouse, York Theatre Royal. I am an Associate Artist of Omnibus Theatre and I run High Hearted Theatre with writer Marcelo Dos Santos.

 


Gemma Kerr, director


I have directed at theatres and venues across the UK including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Southwark Playhouse, York Theatre Royal. I am an Associate Artist of Omnibus Theatre and I run High Hearted Theatre with writer Marcelo Dos Santos.

Gemma Kerr, director

I have directed at theatres and venues across the UK including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Southwark Playhouse, York Theatre Royal. I am an Associate Artist of Omnibus Theatre and I run High Hearted Theatre with writer Marcelo Dos Santos.

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