Who Cares Tour: In Ciaron’s Words

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Throughout ​this​ ​project ​I ​have ​grown ​as​ ​a ​person ​as​ ​well ​as​ ​a ​carer​.

Seeing ​everything ​come together​ ​as​ ​well ​ ​as​ ​my​ ​sister’s​ ​project ​as​ well. ​ ​Watching ​them​ ​grow​ ​alongside​ ​us​ ​made ​us feel ​so ​connected ​with ​it​. ​The ​project ​I ​am​ ​involved ​in ​is​ ​a ​ ​verbatim​ ​play​, ​and ​despite ​my prior​ ​prejudice ​and ​lack​ ​of ​knowledge ​of ​verbatim​ ​I ​have ​ ​actually​ ​found ​the ​project ​quite amazing​, ​it ​helps​ ​me ​express​ ​my​ ​feelings​ ​in ​a ​way​ ​that ​ ​benefits​ ​me ​but ​also ​benefits​ ​others​ ​as it ​can ​be ​represented ​within ​art ​that ​others​ ​can ​ ​enjoy ​and ​find beneficial​ ​to ​themselves.

Working ​with Matt ​allows​ ​me ​to ​talk​ ​about ​my​ ​experiences​ ​in ​life ​and ​reflect ​on them​ ​in ​ ​a proud retrospective ​way​ ​. ​Then ​seeing ​it ​slowly​ ​but​ ​surely​ ​manifest ​as​ ​a ​script ​ ​composed ​with ​other people’s​ ​life​ ​experiences​ ​and ​feelings​ ​makes​ ​me ​overjoyed ​on ​a ​ ​level ​beyond anything ​I ​had ever​ ​felt ​​before. It​ ​existing ​in ​​itself ​is​ ​a victory​ ​worth ​ ​celebrating.

The ​ ​process​ ​of ​ ​the play​ ​involves​ ​four​ ​different young carers/Young ​adult ​carers​ ​who ​all ​ ​express our​ ​experiences​ ​and pinions​ ​on ​things​ ​like school, life, entertainment ​​and ​most ​ ​importantly caring ​and ​then ​a ​genius​ ​in ​adaptation. Matt ​transforms​ ​the entire ​thing ​ ​into ​ ​a dramatic​ ​masterpiece ​ ​greater​ ​than ​all ​creation ​ ​….maybe ​not ​that ​good​ ​but ​​close. ​ ​Then ​watching the ​entire​ ​thing ​on​ ​the big ​stage ​made ​me ​weep ​with​ ​joy​.

My​ ​smaller​ ​sister​ ​a.k.a ​Mara ​as​ ​a teenage ​girl has​ ​recently​ ​been ​ ​involved ​ ​with ​ ​a ​ ​project ​ ​of ​ ​her own​ ​that​ ​made ​me ​happier​ ​than ​even my​ ​own ​project. ​ ​For​ ​very​ ​deep ​ ​brotherly​ ​reasons seeing ​her​ ​up ​there ​in ​beautiful ​photography​ ​and ​reciting ​majestic​ ​poetry​ ​I ​ ​found ​hit ​close ​to home ​for​ ​the ​ ​third ​annual ​carer’s​ ​day​ ​collaboration ​with ​The ​Lowry​ ​and Salford ​young ​carers. ​

​It was​ ​a ​massive ​milestone ​for​ ​her​ ​and ​all ​of ​them​ ​I’m​ ​ultimately​ ​proud ​of ​all ​she’s​ ​done. ​ ​It ​made me ​especially​ ​happy​ ​because ​she ​has​ ​a ​public​ ​speaking ​fear​ ​that ​she ​had ​to ​ ​overcome ​as well as​ ​it​ ​being​ ​a ​​personal ​issue. ​It ​really​ ​goes​ ​to ​show​ ​the ​power​ ​it ​can ​ ​have ​on ​people ​involved ​in the ​project ​can ​grow​ ​as​ ​people ​by​ ​doing ​ ​it, ​ ​so ​imagine ​the ​ ​effects​ ​that ​the ​pieces​ ​of ​media ​can have ​on ​others.

In conclusion, ​ ​I ​ ​find ​ ​it ​ ​a ​ ​wonderful ​experience ​ ​that ​ ​can ​ ​be ​ ​numinous​ ​and ​ ​altruistic​ ​despite ​ ​it ​ ​being entirely​ ​human​ ​in essence. ​ ​It overpowers​ ​me ​at certain​ ​times​ ​but I ​ ​can’t ​thank​ ​The ​Lowry​ ​enough.

About the project

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.

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Who Cares embarks on a five-week, 27-venue national tour – culminating in a performance at The House of Lords in Westminster from 30 October- 5 December.

Who Cares is a gripping verbatim theatre production based on a year of interviews that offers a rare insight into a year in the lives of three young carers from Salford.  The play aims to help identify ‘hidden’ young carers in society and signpost them to support available through local young carers services.

Who Cares, was written by Matt Woodhead and co-produced by The Lowry and LUNG Theatre, who are Associate Artists at the Salford-based venue. It was made in partnership with The Gaddum Centre’s Salford Carers Service.

 The 27 youth settings across the country are non-traditional theatre spaces – these venues have been chosen in partnership with Onside Youth Zones – a national youth centre charity, Aldridge Education – the academy schools chain founded by Sir Rod Aldridge and local Young Carers Services across the country.

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