FREE ONLINE SCREENING: Ecoute Theatre's award-winning short-film TAKE CARE 23 February to 28 February ONLY
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Ecoute Theatre Company was due to perform their award-winning play TAKE CARE on our legendary George Green Hall stage at Goldsmiths Community Centre but COVID-19 got in the way...temporarily. We're very excited to announce that Ecoute Theatre is back, and they've taken their show online with a film adaptation!
We are teaming up with Ecoute Theatre to celebrate our carer community and raise awareness during You Can Care Week. Join us for an online screening of this funny, evocative and deeply personal film about what it means to be a carer.
“A crucial and relevant piece, questioning society's values and provoking audiences” * * * * THE SCOTSMAN
Darkly humorous, unapologetically political and incredibly inventive, TAKE CARE takes you behind-the-scenes, straight into the houses of carers up and down this country.
20 real people. 4 actors. Created from over 70 interview sessions over 6 years, TAKE CARE is a docudrama short film like no other. It tells the real life stories of carers of the elderly, using actors to protect people’s anonymity.
From Lydia who keeps getting proposed to, to Pam who is fighting for the rights of her mother, to Graham who accidentally starts a spaghetti fight in a care home, to Ruth who has to change the rule book when her rebellious mother develops Alzheimer's.20 real accounts, each word taken verbatim from an interview, all desperate for their stories to be heard.
"A high calibre of acting is needed to pull this off and the cast more than deliver" * * * * BROADWAYWORLD
Her film directing debut, Zoe Templeman-Young says about the film: It was a challenge, filming this during a first, and then second, lockdown. But having directed the stage play, I had a clear vision of how it could work on screen. It’s a film of this moment - we kept updating the political side of it, but the carers' stories are, unfortunately, timeless. It's a film that everyone should see - it tells you more about what it’s like to care than any newspaper or news article can.
Both Zoe and her fellow company director Sam McLaughlin have been carers themselves, and wanted to make this film to shine a light on what life is really like for carers, up and down the country. Shot in a style reminiscent of Alan Bennet’s Talking Heads, Take Care creates an intimate bond with its audience. It’s at times absurd, at times heartwrenching. It’s a film that makes the political oh-so-very personal.
Cast: Grace Saif, Hal Geller, Sam McLaughlin, Zoe Templeman-Young Original Sound & Music: Matt Kirk Screenplay: Sam McLaughlin, Zoe Templeman-Young Director: Zoe Templeman-Young Image: Tara Rooney
An Ecoute Theatre Production in association with Pound Arts.
And if you watch the film and want to share your thoughts and opinion online, don’t forget to tag us - sharing is caring!
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Join Ecoute Theatre's Zoe Templeman-Young and Sam McLaughlin in their Q&A on acting, storytelling, verbatim theatre, and film adaptation!
Do you want to know a bit more about working in theatre and film? Ever wondered how a play get’s adapted into a film script? Want to find out more about VERBATIM theatre? Have you wanted to create and tell stories yourself? Do you want to go into acting yourself?
Zoe and Sam will answer all these questions and more at their free Q&A event following the week long screening of their Award-winning short-film TAKE CARE in celebration of You Can Care week. TAKE CARE is a verbatim theatre performance piece cleverly adapted to film for the pandemic audience's enjoyment.
Zoe trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is an actress (Mary Stuart, Almeida) and director, and is the Artistic Director of Ecoute Theatre.
Sam trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is an actress and dramaturg. She is part of Bristol Improv Theatre’s new show: The Bish Bosh Bash, and is the Company Director at Ecoute Theatre.
Écoute Theatre and Goldsmiths Community Association invite you to join our online forum where we'll share stories & chat ALL THINGS CARE!
Have you been a carer yourself? Are you currently caring for an older person? Is someone you know looking after an older person? Or do you just want to find out a bit more about caring? In celebration of You Can Care week and the release of Écoute Theatre's evocative new film TAKE CARE which puts carers' real stories front and centre, we would love you to join our online forum event, hosted by Écoute Theatre's Zoe Templeman-Young and Sam McLaughlin, to chat all things care - especially caring for an older person (because that’s their speciality), but all carers are warmly welcome. It’s a chance to come together with other carers to share stories, challenges and solutions that have worked for you. You are welcome to join anonymously. Just leave your camera and mic off and listen in, or you can take part in the conversation using the chat function and the hosts can read it out for the group to discuss.