Getting There takes a bus load of young people on a karaoke and balloon filled ride across Oxford. This show on the move takes us under the hood of the life of Charlie, a deaf young carer who is planning their route out of lockdown and in need of some help. Performed in British Sign Language and spoken English, Getting There promises a sing-along fuelled journey that's moving (in more ways than one)!
Getting There is presented by Toucan Theatre and Oxford Playhouse, in association with Deafinitely Theatre and Be Free Young Carers. The production raises awareness within schools, provides teacher support and enables Young Carers to self-identify. Getting There is based on an idea originally supported by the egg, Theatre Royal Bath.
Written by James Baldwin (Toucan Theatre), Co-directed by James Baldwin and Kelsey Cherie Gordon (Deafinitely Theatre)
Cast: Amy Astley and Ciaran O’Breen
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!
The production will tour to secondary schools from Monday 21 March – Friday 1 April 2022
Supported by Arts Council England and bus generously provided for free by Oxford Bus Company.
Production artwork by Leo Jamelli