About The Tour
The Alarm Rings, You 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 system, the impact of austerity and what happens when a child becomes the parent.
The tour opens at Folkestone Quarterhouse in Kent on Tue 4 June and then travels to Action Transport Theatre, Merseyside on Mon 11 June, Rosehill Theatre, Cumbria on Mon 17 June, CAST Doncaster, South Yorkshire on Tue 25 June and Arts Depot, London on Wed 3 July.
Venues have been chosen with the express purpose of presenting the work in areas of deprivation - where the need for support services is strongest – and where there are low levels of engagement in live theatre. Across the tour, it is hoped the work will be seen by more than 4,000 people.
Tue 4 - Thu 6 June
Folkestone Quarterhouse, Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone, CT20 1BN
Box office: 01303 760 740 | www.creativefolkestone.org.uk
Mon 11 - Fri 14 June
Action Transport Theatre, Whitby Hall, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 9AE
Box office: 0151 357 2120 | www.actiontransporttheatre.org
Mon 17 - Fri 21 June
Rosehill Theatre, Moresby, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 6SE
Box office: 01946 692422 | www.rosehilltheatre.co.uk
Tue 25 - Fri 28 June
Second Space, CAST Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
Box office: 01302 303959 | www.castindoncaster.com
Wed 3 - Fri 5 July
Arts Depot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley London, N12 0GA
Box office: 020 8369 5454 | www.artsdepot.co.uk/theatre/who-cares
The tour of Who Cares has been generously supported by:
Arts Council England | LUNG | The Gaddum Centre | The Lowry | The Oglesby Trust | Salford Young Carers