Credit: Leo Jamelli
Toucan Theatre and Oxford Playhouse, in association with Deafinitely Theatre and Be Free Young Carers.
Getting There, a new play which toured to schools, with the action taking place in front of an audience on board a bus!

Written and co-directed by James Baldwin (Toucan Theatre) and co-directed by Kelsey Gordon (Deafinitely Theatre), Getting There explores what it’s like to be a young carer and gives a voice to the stories of some brilliant (and often hidden) young people in Oxfordshire and the contributions they make to their families, schools and local communities.

The production toured to secondary schools from Monday 21 March to Friday 1 April 2022, forming part of OP’s Young Players’ Festival.

Getting There centres around Charlie, a deaf young carer who juggles school and friends with care routines, medication, and financial responsibilities at home. This fast-paced and fun show looks at the challenges faced by Charlie and is presented in a journey of audience participation, sign language and karaoke.

In collaboration with Deafinitely Theatre, the project has worked with deaf and hard of hearing creatives (performers/interpreters/designers) to integrate BSL, captioning and accessible AV equipment into the show.

It is estimated that two children in every class in Oxfordshire are young carers, yet fewer than 20% are identified. Post Covid-lockdown, The Carers Trust has highlighted the even greater need to bring awareness to the situation of these marginalised children. The organisations joining forces to bring this project to life are passionate about raising much-needed awareness around an important topic, whilst celebrating the young people who live this reality daily, in a show that is full of fun, karaoke and balloons!

Use of the bus for Getting There has been generously provided for free by Oxford Bus Company.

“We're delighted to be amplifying the voices of young carers from Oxfordshire, celebrating the fantastic, and often hidden, contribution they make to our society. We're so grateful to our creative partners, and the cohort of young carers from Larkmead School, who have helped bring a personal perspective to our story, as well as our friends at Be Free Young Carers whose advice and guidance has been invaluable to this process.”

Paul Simpson, Participation Manager for Oxford Playhouse