This October, the residents of Caritas Anchor House were treated to an exclusive performance of live theatre, created especially for them.

“Dropping the Anchor” was performed by actor Darren Hart, as part of the Home Theatre project organised by the Theatre Royal Stratford East. The Theatre Royal selected a cross section of London residences to host the productions, more than half of whom were not regular theatre-goers, and Caritas Anchor House was one of those chosen.

In the run up to the event, Darren Hart spent time getting to know Caritas Anchor House and encouraging the residents to share their experiences. He drew from a diverse range of our resident group to create a piece of theatre that could tell the story of our community through one person’s narrative.

The performance followed a young man in his first days at Caritas Anchor House, from his apprehension and anger towards the situation he is in, to realising the opportunity that Caritas Anchor House can offer as an “anchor”, and the support available to change those aspects of his life he wasn’t happy with.

Speaking of the performance, Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said, “We were delighted that Theatre Royal Stratford East chose us to be the venue for one of its performances. The performance of Dropping the Anchor was very moving – Darren took the residents on a sad but humorous journey some may well have related to. It was great to get the residents involved in the creation of the performance too.”

Resident, Robert, said, “I really enjoyed it – I’ve never been to the theatre, so to have the theatre come to me was a great treat!”

This case study is associated with the charity Caritas Anchor House.