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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Care, love and understanding?

Time: 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Join the post-performance discussion for the National Theatre of Scotland’s rehearsed reading, Holding/Holding On, that explores the way society treats and views young people and adults in the Scottish care system.

£6/£4 or £8/£6* (*limited ticket offer for rehearsed reading and the post-panel)


Join the post-performance discussion for the National Theatre of Scotland's rehearsed reading of Holding/Holding On, that explores the way society treats and views young people and adults in the Scottish care system. What roles do class and poverty play in the care system? Where do love, support and compassion come on the priority list; and where are the lines drawn between childcare and child protection for the care staff trying to get it right for everyone?

We're offering discounted combo tickets for both the rehearsed reading and this panel discussion that follows. You can also purchase separate tickets if you'd prefer to only attend this discussion.

In partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland.

Chair: Karen Adam MSP, member of Cross-Party Group on Care Leavers


Kenneth Murray is a writer and campaigner with a passion for transforming the public understanding of care experienced people. He does this through journalism, screenwriting and story consultancy and in 2019 he was awarded the Sheila McKechnie award for his work campaigning on media portrayal of Care Experienced people.

Nicola McCartney is a Scotland-based playwright, director and dramaturge. She trained as a director with Charabanc Theatre Company, Belfast and the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow/G&C Productions. Nicola was Artistic Director of LookOUT Theatre Company, Glasgow between 1992-2002, and has twice been an Associate Playwright of Playwrights Studio Scotland.  Nicola is currently Reader in Writing for Performance at University of Edinburgh.

Ryan McCuaig is Chair of the Board at Who Cares? Scotland and practices as a litigation lawyer having graduated with a first-class law degree at the University of Strathclyde in 2018; and a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice with merit from the University of Glasgow in 2019. Ryan is care experienced and grew up in Easterhouse. As well as being an activist, speaker and media commentator, he also sits on the board of a mental health charity that supports legal professionals.

Fiona Duncan was Chair of the Independent Care Review, that under her leadership set out a powerful vision for a transformed system of care for children, with love and nurture at its heart. She is Chair of The Promise Scotland, the body responsible for supporting the change demanded by the conclusions of the Independent Care Review, and is currently seconded from her job at CEO of The Corra Foundation, a philanthropic grant-giving organisation for people and communities experiencing disadvantage.


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