Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Play is ultimate insult to Adelaide's homeless | Adelaide Now

THE State Government has spent $18,000 sponsoring a one-man play to show homeless people what it is like to be homeless.
Brooklyn Park actor and playwright Stephen House was granted $10,000 by Housing SA and $8000 by Arts SA to stage his one-man show, Appalling Behaviour , about the plight of the homeless, with performances timed to coincide with National Homeless Week from August 2 to 7.
People sleeping rough in vacant lots and parklands in the city centre were surprised when the Sunday Mail told them of the grants, suggesting the cash may have been better spent advising homeless people how to survive July's freezing temperatures and torrential downpours.
They were also unsure how they would be invited to see the play, as they do not have addresses for invitations.
Tickets to Appalling Behaviour are $18 but Housing SA says it plans to take "clients" - people without homes - to see the show for free as part of its funding sponsorship.

More nutty funding decisions. Organisations supporting homeless people and providing real services are having budgets cut.
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