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In partnership with People's Palace Projects, Coram Voice, The Fostering Network and Battersea Arts Centre

More than skin deep: What is your dream of care? Using dance, music, verbatim, storytelling and sound, care experienced young people will share uplifting and challenging reflections on the care system.

The performance explores the positive potential of foster care through creative practices and hopes to change the stigma and negativity attached to being in care.

This is part of a five-day participatory process with care-experienced young adults from Manchester and is led by The Verbatim Formula with a team of artists, researchers, and performers.

Care experience young people have repeatedly said that there could be more space for trust and empathy in the way in which adults care for young people. The project seeks to understand what can make magical moments in care, moments that matter. Moments that live long in the memory.

The performance, followed by a conversation, invites you to hear their voices, see their ideas and feelings. The event reveals, with creative practices, the positive potential of foster care

About The Verbatim Formula

The Verbatim Formula is a participatory research project for care-experienced young people. It uses verbatim theatre techniques, listening and dialogue to work with young people, care leavers, social workers, and universities.

Learn more here. 

About People’s Palace Projects

People’s Palace Projects’ mission is to investigate the power of creativity and collaborate with marginalised communities to make change. With a growing global network of partners, People’s Palace Projects advocates for equality, climate justice and better health through the arts.

Learn more here. 


This project is about the complexities that young people face in the UK Care System. Whilst we are focusing on telling positive stories and challenging the stigma of being in Care, these topics are situated in hardship. If you would like to discuss the content of the piece with anyone, please reach out to

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  • Price
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
    All ages welcome!
  • Running
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Booking info

    Please note, we will have a professional photographer and videographer present during the performance.

  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Saturday 30 July 4:00pm
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