Freefall – A Young Carer Never Surrenders
Thanks for visiting our micro-site for Freefall – A Young Carer Never Surrenders, by Unit Twenty Three in association with Stuart Mullins. You can find out all about the project here – what's happened before and what we are doing next!
Now in the new year, we look ahead to continue work on Freefall – A Young Carer Never Surrenders. As we plan for the project's future, take a look below at the Spring and Summer 2017 tours to secondary schools and arts venues, as well as previous work on the project. If you are interested and want to find out more about the production, please contact a member of the Unit Twenty Three team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring and Summer Tour 2017
Freefall – A Young Carer Never Surrenders went on it's first tour in 2017 – visiting schools and arts venues in Spring and Summer; February, March and July. We visited 15 different secondary schools in Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, and reached over 1,950 young people aged 11-16 in just 4 weeks. Aside from our school tour, we visited 4 arts venues in the East for members of the public, industry and care professionals and key teachers.
The feedback about the production has been outstanding, with it really getting to grips on the life as a young carer in the UK today. Here is some feedback we have had from audience members, teachers and pupils:
"This was a very powerful performance and it really depicted the life of a young carer so well – it seemed the whole audience entered into this reality" – audience member
"The performance was outstanding and captivating. Both staff and students said the actress was incredible and mesmerizing and they were all impressed how she could portray all those different characters" – a lead teacher
“During the workshop some pupils really surprised me by how much they understood, it gave me goose bumps and made me want to cry. I have never thought that anyone would understand I’ve felt alone” – a student
"I would thoroughly recommend this show to any school in the future" – a lead teacher
"The main character was sensitively played with much energy , engaging students by playing multiple roles that they could relate too. One of our young carers said that that the play put her days routines into perspective and she felt more in control." – a lead teacher
"Every student we have spoken to was very impressed with the performance and found it very thought provoking and realistic." – a lead teacher
If you would like to explore Freefall – A Young Carer Never Surrenders coming to your school and youth group in 2018, please get in touch with the team, on email@example.com or by calling 01379 88 22 00.
Freefall Promotional Film
What is Freefall?
An exciting new production which fuses movement, theatre and digital arts. It is being directed by Stuart Mullins, written by Anna Reynolds and created in partnership with young carers.
The production is centred around the theme of young carers and is based on the story of breaking free from assumptions and stereotypes… Here is our Summary:
Jas is an ordinary seventeen year old girl who loves Beyoncé and social media. But she's got a big secret- she's a young carer for her mother, ill with scoliosis of the spine and bi-polar disorder, and her sister, who's severely autistic.
"Up at six, wash mum, dress mum, feed mum, feed Sophie, make sure they take their meds, off to college,. worry all day. Back home, it all begins again. Usually I get to bed about 2am when I've done my assignments for college…"
She's spent most of her young life hiding her home responsibilities from school friends, teachers and other authorities in case the family gets split up, but after meeting another young carer and discovering the network of help available she's decided to make a series of vlogs so that other people her age can find out more about her life- and maybe about their own too…
But there's one thing you need to know about Jas. She doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for her. "I'm proud of who I am. What I do. I made my choice. Nobody forced me."
A key element of the Freefall Tour is a Talk Back Sessions will also accompany every school or community performance, engaging directly with the audience about the issues raised.