You Should See the Other Guy are committed to creating a sustainable model of activist theatre, whilst contributing to the housing movement in and effective and personally transformative way. We are activists with experience working in housing campaigns such Radical Housing Network and Focus E15 who support estates resisting demolition such as Carpenters Estate and Silchester Estate. We know there is a demand for artistic opportunities in these communities. The work we made engages people at the centre of the housing struggle through opportunities to write, perform and devise theatre – as well as participate in our programme of workshops which explore both the social themes and artistic processes we engage with.
Definitely our priority
Co-creating a platform for marginalised voices and a celebration of accessible creative expression
Aiming for lasting impact on participants, audiences and communities
Providing meaningful employment in the arts to those with fewer opportunities in this field
Swapping creative tools to make theatre and practical tools for housing resistance
Creating wider networks and communities for everyone. Helping to link up communities.
In this popular workshop (which can last between 1.5 and 3 hours) we share our unique approach to collaborative music making used in the Land of the Three Towers series. The end result is a co-created political song that belongs to the group. This workshop is suitable from ages 12+ and no previous musical experience is necessary.
Recent Verbatim Songwriting workshops: Youth Arts Festival @Limehouse Town Hall (May 2019) / Urban Intervention BA Students @Queen Mary University (Feb, 2019) / Applied Theater BA students @University of East London (Feb, 2019) / Theatre and Feminism BA students @Roehampton University (Nov, 2018)
Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and exercises. We
will play and collaborate, using theatre games, image theatre and forum
theatre to generate discussions and create communal reflection around different forms of oppression. This is an introductory workshop suitable for beginners and will be an opportunity for us to start contemplating the use of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques as a tool for social and personal transformation.
Upcoming Workshops: We are currently recruiting for ‘TO for Housing Justice’ for those living in social housing/housing activists. Please email: tohousingjustice[at]gmail[dot]com for more info. Application deadline: Midnight Monday 20th.
Recent Workshops Delivered: ‘TO for Housing Justice’ with Concrete Action for architects, housing activists and social housing tenants (March 2019) / ‘Introduction to TO techniques’ @Amra Obdhuth Queer Cafe, Calcutta with members of the Trans Sex Workers Union (Dec 2018) / ‘ART as Activism’ @Silchester Estate and Cressingham Gardens Estate with residents from these estates (May 2018).
Email us on youshouldseetheotherguytheatre[at]gmail[dot]com to let us know your needs and we’d be happy to create a workshop for you using our tools and experiences. We specialise in exploring political issues (for example: Human Rights, The Hostile Environment, Housing Injustice) through artistic methods including: Song Making, Storytelling, Games, Theatre of the Oppressed and Theatre Devising.