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“Harrowing stories eloquently told –

all the more shocking because we know them to be true.”

Ken Loach, Filmmaker


In just two years from 2017 to 2019, more than 800 people died living and sleeping rough on the streets of the UK - a significant number of them have never been identified or named. 


Unknown is a new verbatim audio performance written for radio, dramatising the story of one young person's journey from an abusive childhood to a life of homelessness on the streets of Bath - one of the most affluent cities in the UK. 

The drama will be launched in Bath on October 9th at Green Park to an invited audience including award winning film director Ken Loach, before being broadcast across the UK by radio and theatre outlets including The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, The Greenwich Theatre London, Salford Arts, Theatre Royal Bath and South Street Studio Reading.

Commissioned by The Big Issue, which offers homeless and vulnerably housed people across the UK a means by which to earn a legitimate income,  with the support of Arts Council England and The Big Lottery, Unknown has been written by Dougie Blaxland with the assistance of Chris Taylor of The Big Issue in Bath and six people based in the area who have recent experience of homelessness: Sammy Clark, Nathan Dempster, Ian Duff, Paul Jones, Lloyd Rusdale and Anthony Williams.  

Ian Duff, one of the Big Issue vendors who collaborated with Dougie Blaxland in developing the script said that, "working on the project has been a deeply moving experience." 

Unknown is directed and produced by Moira Hunt and Shane Morgan of RoughHouse Theatre and features Dan Gaisford, Sabrina Laurison and Alex Stedman with an original score composed by Owen Morgan.

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Unknown was originally conceived as a live performance. Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, it was changed to an audio performance to ensure this essential story was still told.

In donating, we ask that that ticket price you would have paid is a guide to your donation. 

Huge thanks from the Unknown RoughHouse Theatre creative team. 

BBC Radio Bristol interview 

All images by Lisa Hounsome

Unknown was made with support and assistance from the following people: 

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