Scottee grew up and lived in social housing for 31 of the 33 years he has been alive. His dad is a roofer, his mum works for the council, Scottee now works in the arts and so middle class people keep telling him he can’t be working class anymore.

As Scottee begins to develop his new solo show looking at class and privilege his company, Scottee & Friends are hosting a series of dinner parties that explore the working class experience.

Join Scottee & Friends Associate Director Matty May and a bunch of working class artists, thinkers and fakers as we explore what it means to grow up on a council estate, who creates the definitions of working class identity and why learning how to be posh in an art world gets you places.Whilst Matty and the invited guests chew down into social politics you are encouraged to join the conversation and ask questions – you can also sit on your hands and do nothing.

Part show, part discussion and at some point a take away will arrive to feed us all – a dinner party that Nigella would wince at. We’ll talk for a bit, ask questions and then we’ll eat pizza.

The speakers are:

Matty May is a working class, queer artist from Barking. Matty is currently developing his first solo show that explores growing up queer in a working class space, mental health and sucicide.
Matty is associate director of Scottee & Friends LTD after being mentored my Scottee throughout 2018.

Elsa James is a British African-Caribbean artist, producer and activist based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. She has an interdisciplinary practice located within the fields of contemporary performance, text and language-based art, digital media, socio-political and socially engaged art with a specific interest in race and identity.

Tobi Kyeremateng is a theatre, poetry and festival producer based in South West London invested in creating provocative and significant live performance exploring socio-politics, community engagement and artistic collaboration. She has worked with organisations such as Apples and Snakes, Bush Theatre, Old Vic, Battersea Arts Centre, Ovalhouse, Roundhouse, Wac Arts, Bestival, Block9 @ Glastonbury, Brainchild Festival, The Big House Theatre Company and A New Direction, and has collaborated with other organisations such as The Prince’s Trust, RichMix, Sunday Paper’s Live, Wilderness Festival and Citadel Festival.

 

Originally commissioned by The Marlborough Theatre’s ‘Young, Queer and Skint’ season.