Take Care is an explosive documentary play that looks beyond the newspaper articles and statistics to reveal the human story behind end-of-life care. It follows the lives of carers of the elderly over the years and is a poignant, heart-warming, provocative piece of theatre. Drawn from over 40 interviews with private, family and agency carers, care home managers, NHS officials and MP's, Ecoute Theatre Company's production shines a light on the hidden voices of generations of carers and exposes the workings of a care system in need of repair.
First created and performed by Ecoute Theatre Company in 2013, it won the Clive Barker Award (University of Warwick) and runs at both Edinburgh Fringe and The Courtyard Theatre. Five years later Take Care returns with a vengeance, with a far wider range of interviews with carers from varied backgrounds and cultures, support from major care charities, and backed by Arts Council England.
Risk Assessment is a play set in an Arts University. It focusses on Clara, a damaged lecturer returning to work after a long sabbatical. A new management is in place, a doubling of student numbers, and a disturbing tendency of lowering academic standards.
Risk Assessment highlights with disquieting wit, the dangerous moral and ethical consequences of treating students as customers and Universities as corporations.
Part-verbatim, this is Conny Templeman's first work as a playwright. She previously worked as a feature film director and screenwriter, with casts that have included Daniel Day Lewis, Imogen Stubbs and Bill Nighy.