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, award-winning theatre company LUNG examines the impact of austerity, our social care system and what happens when a child becomes the parent.
Winner of: Sit Up Award for social impact, Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award and Summerhall Lustrum Award. Who Cares was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2021
By Matt Woodhead
The Lowry and LUNG in partnership with Gaddum
Running Time: 75 minutes
Bar opens at 6pm with doors at 7pm.
Who Cares Campaign
Who Cares Campaign
Alongside the play we are running the Who Cares Campaign, calling for better rights for young carers. Campaigning to change laws and policies for young carers is at the heart of the Who Cares Campaign.
How the campaign began
From 2017 to 2019, Who Cares toured to over 33 schools, community spaces and theatres across the UK with the aim of identifying hidden young carers. Nearly 200 unidentified carers were signposted to local services for support and the show was performed in the House of Lords.
The Who Cares Campaign was set up as a response to the thousands of young people we met across the country. Our aim is to amplify the voices of hidden young carers and to advocate for better support.