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Rough sleeper’s story takes to the stage

 
April 15th 2011
 


When Anthony Delaney was given an ASBO for sleeping rough at an airport, he probably never imagined what his conviction would lead to.

But now the story of the three years Delaney spent living at Gatwick Airport has been made into a theatrical production. No Particular Place to Go examines the challenge Delaney faced and celebrates the willpower he showed to survive. Doug Devaney, an old school friend of Delaney’s who owns a theatre company and was inspired when he heard the remarkable story, is producing the play.

To try to understand and accurately depict what Delaney went through, the entire cast spent several days sleeping rough at the airport.

"The strip lighting is constant, there’s a constant noise and buzz about the place," Devaney told the BBC. "Sleep deprivation and the ability to get an hour’s sleep every now and then is really the essence of surviving."

As well as telling the story of Delaney’s struggle to survive at the airport, the play also explores the seedier side of airport life, including the practice of human trafficking.

 
 
 

April 2011

 

Contents

Stand still and be counted!

Controversial strategy continues in City of London

Thugs jailed for attack on asylum seeker

Secret camp discovered in Villa grounds

Another violent assault

Bradford body finally discovered

The Big Issue goes app

Rough sleeper’s story takes to the stage

More hostel beds lost

Guerrilla campaign sees skeleton sleeping rough

End to restrictions on Eastern European nationals

Rough sleeper badly burned

Reading man charged over rough sleeper‚Äö?Ñ?¥s death

Enlightened hospital policy

Proposed soup kitchen ban makes way for £2.8m Westminster development

IWIC loses funding

Birmingham rough sleepers share in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Home-made for the home-less

Cannock project supports homeless with free toiletries

St Martin’s Helpdesk open for fewer hours

Skills for Life

I don‚Äö?Ñ?¥t know what I‚Äö?Ñ?¥d do without this place

Report reveals upward trend in homelessness

Befrienders help turn houses into homes

Scottish chef gets a taste of success

Politicians put under pressure to hear homeless voices

Glasgow homeless hit for council tax payments

Street Shield: The byelaw

Westminster - two sides of the argument

 

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