PRESS RELEASE: 19 June 2016

Truant Company
Care Takers

Most plays that deal with homophobia in schools look at the children in the playground, but what happens when the people in charge of our children are homophobic? Direct from its run of the North West and Brighton Fringe Festival, Care Takers, is an intense two-hander that follows a new teacher who tries to do something about one of her pupils who is being bullied for being gay. However, to get something done, she finds herself battling an even bigger bully in the form of Mrs Rutter the Deputy Head.

Homophobia remains a serious fault-line in our society and especially in our multi-cultural, inner-city schools where original research undertaken by Truant’s writer Billy Cowan showed these tensions to be still very real. Being a gay theatre company, Truant felt it was necessary to show how complicated things have become for teachers in these schools when it comes to dealing with homophobic bullying, and how vulnerable young gay people still are in these environments – especially if the system gets in the way of their safety.

From playwright Billy Cowan whose plays have been produced by Contact, Birmingham Rep, and Oldham Coliseum and who has won two International Playwriting Awards – Writing Out Award for Best New Gay Play 2003 for Smilin’ Through (Finborough Theatre London) and Warehouse Theatre’s 2010 International Playwriting Competition (Croydon) for Transitions – this new play comes to Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time after receiving some fantastic reviews in Manchester and Brighton:

***** “Hits home with a punch!” WhatsOnStage
****  “Great Writing and great performances!”   Brightonfringeguru   
 **** “Insightful, plausible and provocative.” Manchester Evening News      

The play stars Penelope McDonald – who was nominated for Best Actress at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival for her role as Mrs Rutter – and Emma Romy-Jones as Ms Lawson.

Written and directed by Billy Cowan. Funded by Arts Council England and Edge Hill University. Music by Jamie Summers.

Care Takers is at CVenues 34 Adam House, Chambers Street, EH1 1HR 3-29 August 2016 18.35pm (55 mins duration)

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