By Matt Woodhead
Supported by Arts Council England, The Lowry, Gaddum, Curious Minds and The Oglesby Trust
Summerhall Lustrum Award
“Long live LUNG”
Sit Up Award for Social Impact
“Tear jerking… emotionally raw and theatrically slick”
Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit of the Fringe Award
“Politically searing verbatim theatre”
‘The alarm rings. I take a breath. Then it starts’
Sitting at the back of the bus, skipping the lunch queue and skiving lessons. At school Nicole, Jade and Connor are just like everybody else. But when they get home, things are very different.
Nicole started caring for her mum when she was four. Every morning Nicole helps her get washed, put on clothes and eat breakfast. Jade has always cared for her brother, but she never expected to look after dad as well – now she juggles two lots of appointments, two lots of prescriptions, two lots of assessment forms. Connor cares for his mum. But he doesn’t like to talk about it.
Adapted from real-life testimonies, this bold and pertinent piece of documentary theatre examines our failing care system, the impact of austerity and what happens when a child becomes the parent.
Made in partnership with The Lowry & Greater Manchester Charity, Gaddum and its Salford Carers Service, Who Cares premiered on a short UK tour in Spring 2019, after which it ran at Summerhall at Edinburgh Fringe. The show received huge critical acclaim and enjoyed multiple sell-out shows, and it was the recipient of numerous awards including the esteemed Sit Up Award for Social Impact. Who Cares then went on to tour the UK alongside one of LUNG’s signature social campaigns to advocate for young carers.
Creative Team & Cast
Writer and Director Matt Woodhead
Designer Jen McGinley
Sound Designer Owen Crouch
Lighting Designer Will Monks
Dramaturg Helen Monks
Engagement Manager Adam McGuigan
Production Manager Andreas Ayling
Technical Stage Manager Stacey Sandford
Producer Ellie Claughton
Assistant Producer (Edinburgh Fringe 2019) Grace Dickson
PR SM Publicity
UK Tour Cast Luke Grant, Lizzie Mounter & Jessica Temple
Photography The Other Richard