Who Cares

Theatre (verbatim)

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  • Summerhall - Main Hall
  • 18:20
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: LUNG and The Lowry
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Signed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


'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. Adapted from real-life testimonies, award-winning theatre company LUNG examine our failing care system, the impact of austerity and what happens when a child becomes the parent. LUNG's previous productions include Amnesty International Award-winning Trojan Horse, The 56, Chilcot and E15.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Once in to the courtyard, follow the signs up the access ramp, around the front of the bar and into the main reception. Down the corridor on your right hand side is the lift on your right hand side. Take this to the first floor, then take a left through the double doors. The Main Hall is on your right.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Signed performances

  • Dates: 15 August
  • Interpreter: Judith Jeddal - Stage Left
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Cara 91 days ago

Incredibly moving. I'm glad this issue is being given more awareness. Perfect performances, I wasn't expecting this level of acting. Wonderful, a must-see!

Peter Louch 100 days ago

Was not sure what to expect.
The early stages , with the very loud head banging music, did worry me, as to where this was going.
Then, we got into the story.Totally enthralling, could not look away, or think about nothing else for e rest of the show.
The stories were heart wrenching.The performances, perfect.
Well done to one and all.

Philip Monks 102 days ago

This is brilliant. And vital. And strong.

David Murphy 106 days ago

Absolutely excellent performances from all three of the actors who gave life to the real words of young people who were carers of parents with physical and mental health problems. Lizzie Mounter's moving portrayal of a young carer's frustrations at being excluded by health professionals was the best theatrical performance I've seen in a long time. The fast-paced choreography was flawless and created a powerful sense of the constant and unpredictable pressures young carers face on a daily basis. This is outstanding theatre which also provides the audience with a deep insight into a such a crucial issue. Highly recommended.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

Who Cares is not just a show. It is a project giving a voice to just some of the estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK today and it is a campaign which is petitioning the government to make key changes to improve the lives of these young carers involving...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 86 days ago

Who Cares is a stunning, fast paced piece of verbatim theatre about the plight of three young carers living in Salford. It’s profoundly compelling, well-acted and delivers a blistering attack on the Coalition and Conservative government’s austerity policies. Connor (Luke Grant) takes care of his mother, who's depression and bi-polar...

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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) 86 days ago

The research gone into Who Cares is impeccable, two years’ worth of interviews with young carers to create this verbatim piece that is as much theirs as it is LUNG’s. Matt Woodhead’s searing vision is honest and harrowing, but above all else he’s an incredibly generous creative. [...] Who Cares is overwhelming. It’s affecting. It’s socially conscious theatre. It’s a chance for an audience to shout out, “WE CARE”!

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Exeunt 91 days ago

Matt Woodhead’s verbatim script is derived from two years of interviews with its subjects, largely young carers in Salford, but also with many other people involved somehow in that care: politicians, social workers and – perhaps most startlingly – the cared-for themselves. As with LUNG’s previous shows, the team have...

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 91 days ago

How would you cope with being nurse, social worker, psychotherapist and all-round carer for someone twenty-four hours a day? That’s the reality for thousands of children across the UK, who find themselves the sole or main carer for adults and other children.Who Cares lets us hear three such children, speaking...

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Radio Summerhall 92 days ago

All three young actors give fine performances and, whilst it’s not a conventional piece of drama, it is certainly thought provoking and moving. At the end of the show, we are asked to sign a petition calling on Parliament to improve the quality of services available to young carers. It’s a simple thing that we can all do to help this worthy cause, check out the website http://www.whocarestour.co.uk for further details.

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To Do List (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Another great, eye-opening show from LUNG.Following in a similar vein to the excellent Trojan Horse last year, LUNG’s Who Cares addresses the topic of young carers with brutal honesty as well as consideration.The show is touching but not excessively sentimental. There are tearjerking moments, but the balance of factual testimony...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

Teenager secrets usually revolve around school crushes, friendship drama, and cheating on tests. ...

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The List (4/5 stars) 97 days ago

The young carer experience placed under the microscope...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Jade, Connor and Nicole are three ordinary teenagers going about their schoolday in Salford. Or so outward appearances tell us, for much of the purpose of this issues-based piece of new writing produced by LUNG (whose past hits include Trojan Horse, E15 and Chilcot) and the Lowry in Salford is...

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 100 days ago

Lung Ha’s latest play is set in Salford, where the number of children caring for parents has reached shocking levels. The drama is based on actual testimonies, which makes what unfolds in front of us even more heart breaking. Connor, … Read More ...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 102 days ago

A passionate and political story of three young carers as they struggle to balance school life with the responsibilities of looking after sick or disabled family members. Through these characters’ personal mon...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 104 days ago

Long live Lung. The verbatim theatre company have carved a niche for themselves making vital, vibrant shows about pressing political issues. Trojan Horse was one of the highlights of last year’s festival, and new work Who Cares – about the traumatic, trouble-filled lives of young carers – is similarly superb,...

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