Ground-breaking play tells the authentic stories of young carers – plus free CPD training for professionals

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Who Cares – the untold story of young carers

A multi-award winning play, ‘Who Cares’ is coming to Guildford’s Mill Studio at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this weekend.

The play showcases life as a young carer, through the lives of three teenagers, depicting what life is really like for them.

Adapted from real-life testimonies, including from many of our Surrey Young Carers, the play examines the impact of austerity, our failing social care system, and what happens when a child ‘becomes the parent’ and takes on a carer’s role.

The play is co-produced by The Lowry & LUNG in partnership with Gaddum. It was written by Matt Woodward, who conducted over 100 interviews with young carers in his research.

It has won multiple awards, toured twice, been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tear jerking… emotionally raw and theatrically slick.

The Guardian

Performances

There are two performances on Saturday 23rd October, at 2.45 and 7.45pm. Contact the theatre for tickets.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Free CPD training – and schools performance

There is a free CPD (continuing professional development) training session taking place, as part of ‘Who Cares’, open to anyone who engages with young people – in a professional or voluntary capacity. This takes place at the theatre on Friday 22nd October, in the afternoon.

It centres around identifying, supporting and referring young carers and it is aimed at students, academics, nurses, teachers, social workers, GPs, nurses, health workers, pharmacists, teachers, police and anyone who works (or is thinking of working) in a front facing role (part time, full time, freelance) with young people. Participants will also be able to watch the performance free, as guests of the theatre company.

Timings as follows:

  • 3.30-6.30pm, CPD Training
  • 7.45-8.45pm, a free performance of the award winning play Who Cares
  • 8.45-9.15pm, a post show Q&A

Free performance for schools

On the Friday evening, there will be a free performance of the play for schools from across the South East.

To attend

If you would like to sign up for the training, or for the schools performance, please simply complete this short form:

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If you have any queries, please email [email protected]