News: Young carers perform at Sadler's Wells

Tuesday 3 February 2015 by Clare Evans

Young carers perform at Sadler's Wells
Photo: Alicia Clarke

Thanks to a New Adventures / Create project, 27 young Londoners danced in a new work they devised before the performance of Edward Scissorhands on January 8th. Create, a charity that provides the most disadvantaged in society with access to, and creative experience of the arts, teamed up with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures to provide the opportunity. All the ideas and moves in the piece were devised by the young people under the direction of Kerry Biggin and Paul Smethurst, professional dancer/choreographers from New Adventures.

It’s a big break to be introduced by Matthew Bourne before a sold-out show at Sadler’s Wells, and these young people arguably deserve a break more than most: as carers, they spend a significant amount of time looking after family members, taking on responsibilities far beyond their years.

Rebecca, 14, lives in Richmond and cares for her mother, who has depression. She started doing projects with Create last year, and says of her experience:

“It gives you a break from your caring role, regardless of what that role is. You can express yourself, you can work in a team, you can make your ideas heard because you have a voice – everyone respects you, and they understand you. Which is different from if you were with, say, your friends – they don’t really understand. Only other young carers understand fully.”

Read more: The Independent, 1 February 2015

Read more about Create, and the worthwhile work they do bringing arts to the less advantaged.

Photos: Alicia Clarke

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