A new play written by food bank worker Tara Osman has opened at the Calder Book Shop Theatre in London.
Food Bank As It Is recounts real life stories about the growing number of people in the UK who are reliant on food banks and explores how benefit sanctions and delays can have a catastrophic effect on individual lives.
“I was moved to start writing this play several months in to my job as a food bank support worker and subsequently manager of a London food bank,” explains Osman.
“I was becoming increasingly aware that many people, including countless children, are going hungry because the welfare benefits system is not fit for purpose.”
“Sanctions, delays in making payments, decisions to stop payments without notification and delays in appeals being heard all mean that people are left for weeks and often months with no income. This can mean no money for food, heating, lighting or rent.”
“I have written this play because I believe what is happening to these people, and therefore us, is morally unacceptable and needs to be challenged and challenged again until it stops.”
Following three sell-out performances the play is transferring for an additional two nights to the Sands Films Studios in Rotherhithe London on the 19-20 May 2017. Limited tickets are available.
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