You Should See The Other Guy is a not-for-profit, all female, politically engaged theatre company.
Our first production, Land of the Three Towers, is a verbatim show using documentary footage (shot by filmmaker Fran Robertson) from the Focus E15 Occupation of Carpenters Estate, Stratford. Co-artistic directors, Emer Mary Morris and Nina Scott were involved in the running of the occupation and Emer is a core organiser for Focus E15.
We wanted to tell this story:
- Of the Focus E15 mothers coming together to stand up against a council wanted to 'decant' them to Birmingam, Hastings and Manchester, away from their support networks.
- Of the occupation of four beautiful, perfectly liveable council homes which had been needlessly empty for 8 years
- Of Carpenters Estate and the people that live there - many of whom have been forced to leave and many of whom who are fighting to stay.
So, we applied for Arts Council funding, got a crew of women together and started the long process of transcribing the footage to make a script.
Land of the Three Towers was first shown on Carpenters Estate last January at the Carpenters and Docklands community centre as part of Camden Peoples Theatre festival about gentrification, 'Whose London is it Anyway'. Alongside it was a series of workshops including 'Know your Housing Rights' and 'Theatre of the Oppressed'. It was sold out every night and the audience feebdback stated overwhelmingly that the show needed to be seen again.
So we applied again for Arts Council funding - this time to spend October 2016 gong to London Estates being threatened with demolition: Cressingham Gardens in Brixton, Silchester Estate in South Kensington and back to Carpenters Estate in Stratford. Camden Peoples Theatre also invited us back for a weeks run in which we will transform the entire bottom foor into the Occupation - tea, sandwiches and open mic provided!
We have also developed two new workshops as part of our outreach programme:
Art As Action Workshop:
Everyone has a story to tell. You Should See The Other Guy present a workshop on storytelling and creating communal
protest songs. Over two hours we will implement the practices we use to make the songs in Land of the Three Towers, by using real words, sharing stories, using rythms and repitition to create musical pieces. Come celebrate your home, tell your struggle, and together we'll make a protest song about it. You don't have to be a singer, or even musical! This workshop is much more about sharing collectively than being in tune!
How We Resist Workshop:
Estate under threat demolition? Got an eviction notice? You are not alone. and you CAN fight it. Come and join this open forum workshop led by activists from Radical Housing Network and Eviction Resistance Network to explore the tools you can use to build a campaigns to stop buy offs, demolitons and stop evictions.
Who We Are
Land of the Three Towers is created is directed and written by Emer Mary Morris and Nina Scott. It's developed with Carley Jayne Hutchinson, Lotte Rice, Sophie Williams, Jennifer Daley, Grace Surrey, Maria Hunter, Ben Osborn and David Ross. Early development with Populace Theatre.
Emer is co creative director and writer for Land of the Three Towers. She is a theatre maker and artist whose practice is based in social issues. Emer has been an organiser with Focus E15 Campaign since 2014. Following on from Fugitive Images’ I Am Here, We Could be Here was an urban art intervention Emer created for Focus E15 Mothers Campaign in 2014: a summer fete event in which people directly affected by evictions posted their portraits on empty properties. In 2014 Emer graduated with a First in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, her final piece No Place Like, exploring homelessness, won her the Sylvia Perry Award for Outstanding Achievement. My work as a playwright and director include DEPRESCOS (London & Ed Fringe, 2014) and A Riot Act (LARC, 2013).
Nina Scott is co creative director, co-writer and designer for Land of the Three Towers. She is also currently teaching Set and Costume Design to 12-15 year olds in Walker Technology College, Newcastle. She has also designed for multi-award winning theatre companies Kill the Beast (The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, He Had Hairy Hands) and Fellswoop (Ghost Opera). Nina specialises in creating immersive and interactive sets and art insulations, including Womb with a View (Shambala Festival, 2016) and childrens show, Six Legs (Cap-A-Pie). She is also an experienced facilitator for children and adults and runs 'Art as Action' You Should See the Other Guy's workshop on verbatim songwriting. Nina has been involved with Focus E15 since the occupation, also curating Focus E15 at Peer Gallery (February, 2015) with Emer Mary Morris.