We are an all womxn political theatre company made up of housing activists and those who have experienced housing injustice. Our ethos is – DIY Theatre: DIY Resistance – as we aim to demystify political campaigning and create accessible opportunities for creating theatre. We are experienced activists and are supporters of groups such as Focus E15 Campaign and Radical Housing Network.
We know that theatre can contribute towards personal and collective transformation and can be vehicle for community action. We aim to bring people out of isolation and develop collective celebratory practices. We focus on making radically inclusive spaces for womxn as we know womxn are some of the most marginalised in society. We want everyone to have access to the tools for making art and we challenge social cleansing on and off stage.
Inclusive: we encourage participation from women, trans and non-binary people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities. We work with non-actors as well as those with theatre experience.
Non-elitist: everyone is paid the same and child care is provided so that mothers can be part of our cast and crew.
Accessible: on estates tickets are free and at theatres they are subsidised. Workshop participants get food and travel expenses.
Our debut production, Land of the Three Towers tells the story of the 2014 Focus E15 Occupation of four empty flats on Carpenters Estate, of which we were a part. The occupation criticised Newham council for leaving perfectly decent homes empty and demanded they repopulate the Estate. It ran for two weeks and resulted in 40 homes being reopened for people who need them. Using exclusive documentary footage by filmmaker Fran Robertson as source material we tell the story of this historical moment in the fight for ‘‘Social Housing, Not Social Cleansing!’’
The show initially ran for a week at Carpenters and Docklands Centre as part of Camden Peoples Theatre festival: ‘Whose London is it anyway’ to a sold out audience. Our audience feedback stated that 92% of people were more likely to get involved in local housing campaigns after seeing the show. Our coinciding workshops included: Know Your Rights (with Emer Mary Morris), Theatre of the Oppressed (with Terry O’Leary of Cardboard Citizens) and Eviction Resistance (with Hero Austin).
‘‘From a new generation of thinkers who have, in this inaugural work, taken theatre in a whole new direction’’ *****International Times
In late 2016, again supported by Arts Council England, we performed in two estates threatened with demolition: Silchester Estate, Kensington and Cressingham Gardens, Brixton – as well as a pop up performance in Stratford Shopping Centre and a sold out run at Camden People’s Theatre. We also expanded our outreach programme, adding ‘Make a Protest Song’ in which we use real words and real stories from residents to collaboratively create a protest song for the estate.
In May 2018 we worked with a new group of people experiencing the social housings system and homelessness to create Land of the Three Towers Vol: II. Performing on
Co-Creative Directors Nina Scott and Emer Mary Morris are currently completeing MAs in Applied Theatre and Human Rights Law respectively.
We are also developing our workshop programme and can now deliver bespoke workshops for your community group/ school/ university class.
If you are a teacher, community organiser, lecturer, campaigner etc and would like us to deliver a bespoke workshop for you, please get in touch on youshouldseetheotherguytheatre[at]gmail[dot]com.