There’s a world out there that few of us have a real grasp of. We read about it in the papers, but the care system is alien to most of us. Yet this work Leaving, the latest play from Newcastle-based Paddy Campbell, carries a theme we can all relate to – leaving home for the first time.
We all remember taking that first step into the dark. However, for those exiting the care system, the reality hits even harder: as Campbell demonstrates, it’s not just about leaving home but going it alone for the first time, and leaving behind a whole system of support. Brought to Northern Stage by the award-winning creative team Curious Monkey, Leaving draws together real stories of care leavers, interwoven with input from staff in children’s homes to MPs and policy makers. In that one pivotal moment, everyone involved is given a voice – from those working within the system to those who have no choice but to move on.
The joys and struggles of these young people are relayed in their own words by a gifted ensemble of actors, creating an immersive experience which will stimulate and move the audience. Leaving will be shown from Thursday 23rd February until Saturday 4th March – but watch out! There’s a good chance this provocative production will change the way you think about young people in care. About time too.