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Cardboard Citizens’ latest production is running until 10 March at the Riverside Studios, with discounted tickets available to readers - there are £1 tickets for people with experience of homelessness.
The play is A Few Man Fridays, the story of which revolves around the events that lead to the entire population of a chain of tropical islands, the Chagos Archipelago, being made homeless and the result of this action.
The action centres on the individuals involved in the decision making and islanders, revealing the thinking behind the expulsion from their homes of a people described by the Foreign Office in 1966 as “a few Tarzans and Men Fridays.”
Adrian Jackson’s play - he wrote and directed it - stretches from the Cold War to the days of global warming.
The press release from Cardboard Citizens explains: “The Chagos Archipelago is a British colonial possession of 60 unspoilt ‘desert islands’ in the Indian Ocean. Between 1967 and 1973 the British Government forcibly deported all 2,000 residents to make way for a US military base in return for a place at the power table and cut price Polaris missiles.
“The Chagossians were dumped in Mauritius and the Seychelles and some, having arrived at Gatwick, settled in Crawley near London. They have been fighting for their right to return ever since.” Running until 10 March, the play is at the Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London, W6 9RL
• Tickets and times are available from Riverside Studios box office on 020 8237 1111 or go to their website: www.riversidestudios.co.uk