When you first arrive at Crisis at OFS as a homeless person you might be reminded as I was, of that first day at a new school. There are so many activities available, choosing which ones to do makes your head spin. But I was lucky that the first class I noticed was Writing a Play, lucky because that’s what I’d been doing for the previous 42 years. So I went along and became part of the team that would eventually create Sawdust and was persuaded to tread the boards for the first time in 40 years.
The atmosphere in the class and around the building was highly creative, supportive and exciting, with ideas flying around non-stop. Also, we were being filmed, but not as I thought for some kind of in house movie, film maker Jo Elliot of Topic films, is a BAFTA winning professional, and Life is a Circus, is a very accomplished piece of work we are all very proud to have been part of. It reflects everything Sawdust came to mean to all of us. For many it was an exciting leap into the unknown, while for me personally it was a powerful reminder of why I chose to work in the theatre all those years ago. The film is entertaining, moving, funny and most of all joyous – not words we normally attach to the issue of homelessness, which is an indication of why the whole project meant so much for us all and why you should definitely watch it!