Commissioned by The Lowry and Salford Young Carers Service
‘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
Nicole – Lizzie Mounter
Connor – Joey Phillips
Jade – Jessica Temple
UK TOUR: Monday 30th October – Tuesday 5th December