Cast and crew of student play sleep rough for charity

Matt Gurtler 17 January 2017

Ten members of the cast and crew of “Stuart: A Life Backwards” will be sleeping on the streets of Cambridge on the night of Saturday 21 January to raise money for Jimmy’s Hostel.

The play tells the true story of Stuart Shorter, a homeless man, and Alexander, a volunteer at the local shelter, who decides to write Stuart’s biography. 

Jimmy’s Hostel is a homeless shelter where Stuart himself was a resident and it provides homeless men and women with “accommodation, support and resettlement". The director of the play, Dan Sanderson writes "We saw it (the sleepout) as a great opportunity to raise some money for Jimmy's, raise awareness but also for those in the cast to gain an insight, albeit a limited one, into the conditions those sleeping rough face. We are aware that this is just for one night whereas it is a continued reality for many"

“Stuart: A Life Backwards” is showing at the Corpus Playroom from Tuesday 31 January to Saturday 4 February. The team aim to raise a total of £1000 and they can be sponsored at

The cast will also be running an early performance at Jimmy's this weekend and 50% of the profits from the play will go to homeless charities.