Our 10 selected WINDOW companies for Brighton Fringe 2018 have now been announced! Over the coming weeks, we'll be interviewing each of the companies. This week we introduce 'Land of the Three Towers: Vol II ' by ''By You Should See The Other Guy'.
What is your event about?
Land of the Three Towers: Vol II uses real stories of housing hardship and housing resistance to answer the question: How can we resist Social Cleansing? It creatively dismantles the housing ‘crisis’ and acts as a rowdy, celebratory toolkit for resistance, made by women and non-binary people at the centre of the struggle.
Why did you decide to make it?
The company is made up of women and non-binary people who have experienced displacement and relocation through the social housing system, the welfare system or have been homeless. Some of us are also experienced theatre makers for social change and long term housing campaigners with Focus E15 Campaign and Radical Housing Network. We want to combine our knowledge and experiences to creatively challenge the current housing climate and encourage people to take action. Our ethos is DIY Theatre: DIY Resistance - and we want to show that anyone can make art and anyone can be an activist.
Who should see your show?
Our show is for anyone and everyone! Focus E15 Campaign was started by mothers and as there are mothers in our cast and crew, in this spirit, we welcome parents and their children. There is an open mic slot in the interval so we welcome local singers, poets or speakers who have something to say. If you are facing eviction and relocation, or are a housing activist than please come and join the conversation.
What should audience members expect?
A colourful celebratory look at civil disobedience. You will be welcomed in with juice and biscuits and encouraged to join in! There will be real stories transformed into song and told through movement, puppetry and chant. We also have three accompanying workshops which explore the themes raised in the show and share our tools for making theatre: ‘Make a Protest Song’, ‘Theatre for Change’ and ‘Campaign Toolkit’
What are the technical requirements of the event?
We bring all our own sound and lighting equipment.
What are your plans post-Brighton Fringe, with this or other work?
In the weeks after we are touring the show, along with our programme of workshops, to two London estates resisting demolition: Carpenters Estate and Silchester Estate.
What does it mean to you to be selected for WINDOW?
We are so happy to be receiving the support and exposure. One of our ambitions is to create community theatre of a high artistic standard which gains the same press and critical attention that mainstream theatre receives. This is a huge help towards this!
What do you hope to gain from inclusion in WINDOW?
We hope to spread our stories further. We hope that more people who are interested in, or affected by the housing ‘crisis’ will hear about us and attend. Ultimately we believe that theatre can be transformative and create social change - the more exposure we receive, the more people we can reach and the more awareness and action can be created.
- 9 May 15:45
- 10 May 16:00
- 11 May 18:30
- 12 May 14:00 18:30
£8 or Pay What You Can on the door, Family Ticket £25 [1hr]
Exeter Street Hall, 16-17 Exeter Street BN1 5PG