“Have you ever asked the question? What does it mean to be in care?”
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“The production achieves its aim to inform with wit and sparkle.”
“An enlightening exposé of a system that is failing our young people”
“Expressively genuine… candid and humorous”
Our actors speak with the voices of care-leavers aged 20 to 50 who we’ve interviewed over the past year, sharing their thoughts, their stories and talking about how people who grew up in care get represented in fiction, in the media and in the eyes of the public.
Other voices include Jacqueline Wilson who wrote the popular Tracy Beaker series, and there are bits of books, TV shows and internet clips in there too, showing the ways that images of care experienced people are put out into the world.
Inspired by their experiences of working with young people living in care John Handscombe (director), Kelly Ng (producer) and their loyal pack, draw on their many years of experience working with young people in social care and youth work. Producer Kelly Ng is also a foster carer and her experiences of the rhetoric vs reality of who these children have also fuelled the desire to create this piece now.
The writer Serafina Cusack is a freelance playwright and dramaturg who’s unique style tackles mental health and youth culture.
Deshaye Gayle & Raagni Sharma
Douglas Clarke Wood & Amy Lynch
Edinburgh Dates: Aug 3 to 24th at Greenside Infirmary
Croydon Tour (Croydon Council Childrens services, EMPIRE children in care forum, Libraries, Stanley Halls) 2nd to 7th September
(Running time 55 mins)
“Amazing play with four extremely talented actors bringing the inadequacies of the care system fully to life. This play should be on everyone’s radar!!”
“An expertly crafted and eye opening play exploring the issues surrounding the social care system driven by narratives of those who have lived through it. Starring a multi-talented, diverse and energetic young cast, this play at times is laugh out loud funny and at times dark and thought-provoking. My friends and I were gripped throughout, a great choice for an afternoon at the fringe!”
“When policy and the world’s biggest arts festival colide! Great afternoon with the @BarnardosScot policy team at @goodwolfpeople verbatim play exploring care experience. So much to think about, not least the line “it’s like being a visitor in someone else’s life – all the time”
“Seen Full Consent to speak on my Behalf @edfringe today… What a show man, top notch. So on the money for care experiences and you should all be proud, wonderful to meet you all.”
“A unique insight into how young people in the care system actually feel and how things are / can be perceived from their perspective.”