Laura Ware Is Not Too Cool To Care
Chiswick Day Centre campaigner puts carer experience to comedy
The Chiswick woman who was at the centre of the campaign to save the Chiswick Day Centre has written a comedy show about the experience of being a full-time carer.
Laura 'Lolie' Ware, who won the Hounslow Community Volunteer award, Carer of the Year for her work with people suffering from disability last year has written the show Too Cool To Care which has been accepted for the Camden Fringe Festival (29 July -1st August) and the Edinburgh PBH Free Fringe Festival ( 4-24 August).
She says her experience of caring for her elderly parents prompted her to write a show to tell the world what it is like for carers but with humour and laughter.
"You need to be trained in patience, irony, loneliness and laughter in order to survive", she says. She gets two hours respite a week on a Thursday when her mother, who suffered a major stroke some years ago, goes to a club.
Laura (Lolie) says that she was inspired to get her comedy and DJ career up and running because of the inspiration of Jean Dell who died last year aged 86 and who was one of the front runners in the campaign to save the Day Centre which closed in December 2011.
"Jean was really the inspiration for me to go gigging across America with my comedy and the show. She always said, 'you only have one life'."
She can also be heard working as a DJ on Station Jemm2. www.jemm2.com
"Caring still effects every part of my life but it is not stopping me and that is also what the show is about. I am proud of being a carer and it doesn't have to stop you from following your dreams so long as you are willing to be inventive," she says.
Laura has set up a page on wefund to ask for public donations to help fund her show. The "Too Cool To Care" Funding Page is :
May 16, 2013