Who Cares? at Oldham Coliseum

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Who Cares?
Image courtesy of LUNG Theatre.

Who Cares? at Oldham Coliseum, Manchester 6 — 7 October 2021 Tickets from £7.00 — Book now

Based on real-life testimonies with young people, Who Cares? is a multi-award-winning theatre production that examines our social care system and uncovers the heartbreaking experiences of young unpaid carers.

Who Cares? is now on its third UK tour – so if you haven’t been quick enough to get a ticket for previous shows – you’ve got another chance to catch this critically acclaimed production at Oldham Coliseum. Created by top-notch verbatim theatre company LUNG, the play – brutal, though beautifully executed on stage – lays blame on austerity for the agonising and lonely situations many young (and often unsupported) carers find themselves in.

Brutal, though beautifully executed on stage…

The play focuses on the lives of three young carers, Nicole, Jade and Connor. At school, the three are just like their peers – sitting on the back of the bus, skiving lessons and jumping the lunch queue, but when they get home – things are very different.

Who Cares?
Image courtesy of The Other Richard.

Nicole became her mum’s carer at the age of four. Every morning Nicole helps her mum get washed, put on her clothes and eat breakfast. Jade cares for her brother and her father, juggling two lots of appointments and prescriptions alongside two sets of assessment forms. Connor cares for his mother but he doesn’t like to discuss it.

Written by Matt Woodhead, the show has been made in partnership with The Lowry and Greater Manchester charity Gaddum Carers Service and has been adapted from 200 hours of interviews with four young carers from Salford, and their families and schoolteachers. Local councillors and MP Barbara Keeley were also interviewed, alongside GPs and paid carers working in the North West.

Supporting this play is the first step towards better funding and advocacy for these inspirational young people.

Emotionally raw, intelligent, theatrically slick, Who Cares? really hammers home how easy it is for young carers to slip through the societal net. We love theatre because it’s the perfect medium to bring these often ‘hidden’ stories to the fore. Young carers deserve to be seen and their stories need to be heard – and supporting this play is the first step towards better funding and advocacy for these inspirational young people.

Who Cares? at Oldham Coliseum, Manchester 6 — 7 October 2021 Tickets from £7.00 Book now


Session Features
6 October 2021
7:30pm — 8:45pm
7 October 2021
7:30pm — 8:45pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

Where to go near Who Cares? at Oldham Coliseum

Event venue
Hack Oldham

Hack Oldham is an event space that also offers co-working, community groups and crafting in the heart of Oldham.

Gallery Oldham, in Oldham Cultural Quarter
Gallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham provides a wide range of exhibitions and activities targeted at different audiences of all ages within Oldham and the surrounding area.

The Yoga Seed Oldham
The Yoga Seed Oldham

The Yoga Seed is an intimate studio just outside of Oldham town centre. Run by Sharon it offers small classes including a men only class.

Epic Apart Hotel

The Epic Apart Hotel offers 14 serviced apartments – and is bang-slap in the middle of the Ropewalks district, right behind FACT.

Middleton Arena

The Arena has a regular programme of arts and entertainment including live music, concerts, comedy and dances with stage shows and national tours. With two licensed bars this is the perfect location for a great night out.

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