Making theatre with communities, by communities and for communities, LUNG is a national touring theatre company, developing innovative and politically driven work that broadens horizons and investigates modern Britain. We are Associate Artists at The Lowry.

Founded in Barnsley in 2012, LUNG also frequently performs and develops new work with The National Theatre Studio, Battersea Arts Centre and The Civic in Barnsley. We are dedicated to producing new verbatim theatre as well as collaborating with new writers. Back home up north, LUNG also pursues an extensive education programme which specializes in bringing theatre into new communities from Bradford to Battersea.

Who Cares?

By Matt Woodhead
Comissioned by The Lowry and Salford Young Carers
Co-produced by The Lowry, Lung and Salford Young Carers

‘The alarm goes, 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 anything but ordinary.

Nicole started caring for her mum when she was 4. Every morning for the last 12 years, Nicole has helped her get washed, put on clothes and eat breakfast. Jade has always cared for her brother, but she never expected to look after for her dad too. Now Jade 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. 3 kids, 1 story. In Salford 34,000 children are caring for someone.

Adapted from real-life testimonies, this bold and pertinent piece of documentary theatre examines our failing care system, the impact of austerity and what happens when a child becomes the parent.

Who Cares will embark on a UK Tour in Autumn 2017.

Helen Monks

Helen Monks

Creative Producer

Ellie Claughton


Ellie has worked with companies across the UK as a Producer. She is Producer for LUNG Theatre (The Lowry Associate Artists), Changing Face Collective, She Productions (East Riding Theatre Company in Residence), Plane Paper Theatre (Live Theatre Associate Artists) and is Assistant Producer at Tara Finney Productions. Theatre projects include The Dark Room (Theatre 503), The Drill (BAC, New Diorama & UK Tour), It’s Different For Girls (East Riding Theatre), Who Cares (UK Tour), E15 (BAC & UK Tour), The Pulverised (Arcola & York Theatre Royal), It Is So Ordered (Pleasance Theatre), Dreamless Sleep (Upstairs at the Arts), The StorytEllas (East Riding Theatre), Odd Shaped Balls (Old Red Lion - ‘punchy, socially relevant, boundary bashing…pinnacle of fringe theatre’ – A Younger Theatre, 5 time Off West End award nominee) and Don’t Smoke In Bed (Finborough Theatre). As Assistant Producer: Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios), All Our Children (Jermyn Street Theatre). She is currently developing numerous projects including: Trojan Horse (Lung) Says I Say He (Changing Face in association with Ron Hutchinson) and Quay West (Changing Face). She recently completely a yearlong contract as Headlong’s Administrator.

Will Monks

Associate Lighting Designer

Owen Crowch

Associate Sound Designer