Writer and performer Lemn Sissay is a force of nature. He spent his first 18 years bouncing between foster families, children’s homes and assessment centres. Since then he has come to terms with his trauma by telling his story around the world. Now he visits Coventry to meet seven young people who are currently in the care of the council, and who, between them, have had 40 different placements and 70 social workers. His mission is to help them express their experiences through words, and perform them to an audience that can make a difference to their lives. It’s 30 years since Lemn left the care system and he believes that not enough has changed for these young people. So together, by putting on an epic performance for a packed theatre of decision-makers, they seek to change the way we see kids in care, and how they see themselves.
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