You Should see the Other Guy...
You Should see the Other Guy are an all-womxn community arts company steered by Nina Scott and Emer Morris, made up of housing activists, people at risk of homelessness and people who have experienced the Social Housing system.
Our ethos is - DIY Theatre: DIY Resistance - and our work sets out to demystify art and demystify activism.
We believe theatre has the power to spark personal and social transformation and be vehicle for community action. We aim to bring people out of isolation and develop collective celebratory practices while centering marginalised voices who are most affected by housing injustice. We aim to collaborate on making a radically inclusive safe space for womxn, where everyone has access to the tools for making art.
We make work that is...
Radically inclusive: we encourage participation from womxn from all backgrounds, ages and abilities
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.
A bit of history...
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 core campaigners. 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 23 homes being reopened for people who need them. Using exclusive documentary footage we tell the story of this historical moment in the fight for ‘‘Social Housing, Not Social Cleansing!’’
The full script of Land of the Three Towers: Vol I can be downloaded and ordered from Radical Housing: Art, Struggle, Care (journal ed. Ana Valencia, 2021)
‘‘From a new generation of thinkers who have, in this inaugural work, taken theatre in a whole new direction.’’ ***** International Times
In January, 2016 Land of the Three Towers enjoyed a sold out run on Carpenters Estate as part of Camden People’s Theatres festival, ‘Whose London is it Anyway’. 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’, ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ and ‘Eviction Resistance’. Our immersive exhibition told the story of Carpenters Estate, Cressingham Gardens and Silchester Estate, and their fight to save their homes.
Over three weeks in October 2016, again supported by Arts Council England, we visited two estates threatened with demolition: Silchester Estate (Kensington) and Cressingham Gardens (Brixton) and enjoyed 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 song for the estate.
Land of the Three Towers: Vol 2 was developed in May, 2018 when we worked with a new group of womxn with lived experience of housing oppression, including young people from Silchester Estate and Carpenters Estate. We interweaved personal stories and exclusive material from together we will answer the question: How can we resist social cleansing? This was performed to sold out audiences at London estates resisting demolition and Brighton Fringe.
We regularly deliver creative trainings sharing our distinct theatre making methodology and have recently collaborated with London Renters Union and Concrete Action on using Theatre of the Oppressed to explore alternatives to housing oppression.