PREVIEW: Care Takers by Billy Cowan

April 12, 2016

An explosive new play about homophobia and bullying by award-winning playwright Billy Cowan.


Award-winning gay playwright Billy Cowan brings his 5 star play Care Takers to the Brighton Fringe Festival from May 6-8.

The play is a hard-hitting drama about homophobic bullying in the staff room of a school.

His teacher believes Jamie is being bullied because he’s gay. She wants to help but the Deputy Head thinks it will sort itself out. Is she speaking from experience or is there something more unsavoury about her unwillingness to help?

Care Takers was first produced in 2009 and premiered at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival where Penny McDonald was nominated for Best actress for her portrayal of Mrs Rutter. The play was selected by The Library Theatre Manchester as one of the best studio plays of 2009 and was reproduced for their prestigious festival Re:Play in 2010.

Care Takers is ‘a battle royale between youthful potential and idealism and the system that evolves to choke it’ with an explosive outcome.

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Billy Cowan’s first play Smilin’ Through won the 2003 Writing Out Award for Best New gay play organised by the Finborough Theatre, London. The play went on to be nominated for Best New Play 2005 by the Manchester Evening News. Billy’s play Still Ill also won Warehouse Theatre’s International Playwriting award on 2010.

Event: Care Takers by Billy Cowan

Where: Marlborough Theatre, 4 Prince’s St, Brighton BN2 1RD

When: May 6,7 & 8

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: £9.50/£7.50 concs.

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