We’re not just people like other people.
We’re villains or victims, heroes or sociopaths.
And just sometimes, we’re superhuman
Inspired by conversations with care experienced individuals and sector professionals, Holding / Holding On interrogates the way society treats those in Scotland’s care system. Those who need care, and those who give it.
How we talk about them, how we define them. Our fascination with literature, films and tv that stereotype them – the plucky orphan, the damaged and dangerous loner or the cruel official.
A filmed reading of a work in progress script, at its heart sits the entanglement of care with class and poverty. Following on from Scotland’s Independent Care Review, and “The Promise” resulting from it, Holding / Holding On examines what care really means in contemporary Scotland. What if instead of ever more complicated systems, we can increase support, compassion and most importantly - love?
Written by Nicola McCartney
Directed by Claire Lamont
The project is supported by the Scottish Power Foundation, The Rayne Foundation, the Hugh Fraser Foundation, the John Mather Trust and Scottish Children's Lottery Chance to Connect.
About the project
Following a call-out process in 2020, National Theatre of Scotland commissioned two artists, to undertake a six-month project to investigate the impact that the arts can make within a care context across Scotland, the outcomes of which form Care in Contemporary Scotland, A Creative Enquiry.
As part of the project Nicola McCartney engaged with care experienced adults and young people, community collaborators and sector professionals resulting in a filmed reading of a work in progress script, Holding/Holding On, which explores and gives voice to authentic narratives around Scotland’s care system. Lucy Gaizely/ 21Common worked with learning-disabled adults to create a new experimental documentary, Non Optimum: When It's Safe To Do So addressing personal experiences of care and access to services during the pandemic.
Rita McDadeConsultant BSL/Dramaturg/Language
Pippa MurphySound Designer
Stuart PlattFilm Maker
Karen TennentDesign Consultant
Charlotte ArmitageCommunity collaborator
Murdoch RodgersCommunity collaborator
Kenneth Joseph MurrayCommunity collaborator
- "You can't take the law into your own hands" | Holding /Holding On | Excerpt 1
- "How do we start to address inequality?" | Holding /Holding On | Excerpt 2
Holding / Holding On is fully Captioned and Audio Described. Portions of the piece are performed in BSL.