Who Cares

Written by Matt Woodhead and co-produced by The Lowry and LUNG. It was made in partnership with Greater Manchester Charity, Gaddum and its Salford Carers Service and is funded by Arts Council England and the Oglesby Charitable Trust.

‘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.

Writer & Director: Matt Woodhead
Design: Jen McGinley
Lighting: Will Monks
Sound: Owen Crouch

I can’t imagine there was a dry eye in the house. What an achievement all round. These are authentic stories that not only deserve to be heard, they need people to listen.

Manchester Theatre Awards

The three actors portraying these characters were dynamic, hilarious at times and completely believable as the three young carers.

North West End