Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens)

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Adrian Antony Jackson MBE is the founder-director and chief executive of the theatre company Cardboard Citizens,[1] who produce work by and for those who have experienced homelessness, including former homeless people, those at risk of homelessness, refugees or asylum-seekers.

Jackson founded Cardboard Citizens in 1991, based around the principles of Augusto Boal and his Theatre of the Oppressed model. The company tours theatre productions, especially interactive Forum Theatre, to venues including hostels, day centres, schools and theatres.

He was previously Associate Director of London Bubble, a long-established London touring community theatre company, with whom he directed a number of productions including Once Upon a Time, Far Far from England by Farhana Sheikh, Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare and Too Much Too Young by Catherine Johnson, as well as a number of Forum Theatre projects with communities including Irish Travellers, Deaf people, and adults with learning difficulties.

Through Cardboard Citizens, he has collaborated with a number of other organisations, including the Royal Shakespeare Company (Pericles), English National Opera (The Beggar's Opera), London Bubble (The Lower Depths),[2] and Formaat Theatre in Rotterdam (Home and Away).

Outside of Cardboard Citizens, Adrian Jackson is a well-travelled teacher and translator. He has worked as Augusto Boal’s translator on four books – most recently the Aesthetics of the Oppressed – and has collaborated with him on many occasions; apart from workshops, they also worked together on The Art of Legislation, an Artangel-sponsored piece of Legislative Theatre at County Hall in London.[3]

He has led training in the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology in many contexts - throughout Europe, as well as in Asia, Africa and Latin America.[4]

In 2014, Jackson won an Artangel Open Award, in collaboration with Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Their project was inspired by Vittorio de Sica's Bicycle Thieves, and encourages London's diverse communities to tell their own stories through performance and film.[5]

He is currently working on his own book, provisionally entitled The Art of the Joker.

In December 2017 he was awarded an MBE for Services to the Arts in the 2018 New Year Honours List.[6]

Stage productions[edit]

As director
  • Pimps, Pushers and Prostitutes + Bash Street Heroes (1991)
  • So? + Alone Again (1992)
  • Flat 4D (1992-3)
  • Stop The Rot, Squat The Lot! (1993-4)
  • The Gap (1994)
  • The Lower Depths (1996, 1998) (also adaptor from Maxim Gorky)
  • Bored And Lodging (1997)
  • Dick And His Dog (1997, 2000)
  • Under The Heavens (1998) (Crisis 30th Anniversary concert at Shakespeare's Globe)
  • Going, Going, Gone (1998, 2007)
  • A Brief Demonstration of the Mechanics of Global Capitalism, Refugee Movements & Personal Responsibility In The Modern World (1999)
  • The Beggar's Opera (1999)
  • Home And Away (2000-1,2004)
  • Mincemeat (2001, 2009) (also writer, with Farhana Sheikh)
  • Pericles (2003) (also adaptor)
  • Woyzeck (2003, 2008) (also adaptor)
  • Visible (2004-6)
  • King (2005)
  • Instructions For Use (2005)
  • A Soldier's Take (2005)
  • Timon of Athens (2006) (also adaptor)
  • Down/Out (2007) (with Sarah Levinsky) (also adaptor with John Petherbridge)
  • Under The Radar (2008)
  • The Help (2008) (with Gavin McAlinden)
  • Or Am I Alone? (2010) (with Tony McBride)
  • Three Blind Mice (2011) (with Tony McBride)
  • A Few Man Fridays (2012) (also writer)
  • Glasshouse (2013–14)
  • It's Public (2014)
  • Benefit (2015)
  • Cathy (2016–18)
  • Home Truths (2017) (season of twelve short plays)
As writer
  • Mincemeat (2001, 2009) (with Farhana Sheikh) (also director)
  • The Man With Size 12 Feet (2002)
  • The Wall (2004/2005) (with Michael Antoine)
  • A Few Man Fridays (2012) (also director)
  • Property: A Viewing (2013)


  • Games for Actors and Non-Actors (translator)
  • The Rainbow of Desires (translator)
  • The Legislative Theatre (translator)
  • Hamlet and the Baker's Son (translator)
  • The Aesthetics of the Oppressed (translator)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "TCardboard Citizens, Our People".
  2. ^ "London Bubble, The Lower Depths".
  3. ^ "ArtAngel, The Art of Legislation".
  4. ^ "TCardboard Citizens, Training & Consultancy".
  5. ^ "ArtAngel, Open Awards".
  6. ^ "The Stage, 2017 New Years Honours".