Flock

8 October 2024 to 2 November 2024 Soho Theatre

Two young individuals with angel wings stand on a busy urban street. They wear hooded sweatshirts and look serious, contrasting with the bustling background of pedestrians, shops, and a clock tower. The scene suggests a blend of everyday life and supernatural elements.

Lin Coghlan’s stunning insight into the care experience

Inspired by the resilience of young people in the care system, this beautifully written new play by multi award-winning writer Lin Coghlan (The Forsyte Saga Parts 1&2, Park Theatre; The Table, Cardboard Citizens) will tour across the country to Oxford, Derby, Bath and Salford with a 4 week run at the Soho Theatre in October. 

Through extensive research and workshopping, the show has been shaped by those with lived experiences of growing up in care to create a multi-layered story. Those who have experienced care have been historically underrepresented, and misrepresented, in the nation's cultural output. Flock explores the people behind the systems, the moments of joy, and the complexities of belonging. Touching, provoking and beautifully written, Lin Coghlan has crafted a play, which challenges the shocking way we treat the vulnerable in our society with empathy, humour and truth (Tanika Gupta).

Flock follows two siblings growing up in care whilst navigating early adulthood; Robbie wants nothing more than to be a grown up and live with his sister Cel. Cel wants to go to university and find the kind of love her mother never had. They both want to be free from the care system. Director Jim Pope comments, Lin Coghlan's script, celebrated for its empathy and magical realism, makes Flock a beacon of truth in the portrayal of underserved communities.

Presented by Playing ON Theatre Company, creating a world where communities are better understood, Flock shines a light on the intricacies of providing safety from unimaginable situations and the community of voices which you must comprehend as a young person in an adult world. It is a show about moving forward, moving on and moving through memories – it is carrying a system with you which you didn’t necessarily asked to be a part of.

Running time 60 minutes Age guidance 14+

Tickets from: £13.00 Flock – Soho Theatre