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Watch the TONY TEARDROP Promo Film created by Anthony Swords:
by ESTHER WILSON
Produced & Directed BY JEN HEYES
Designed by MYRIDDIN WANNELL
Photography by LEE JEFFRIES
Lighting Design – PHIL SAUNDERS
Music: DAN WILSON & THE CUBICAL
Funded by Arts Council of England and Liverpool PCT
Outreach & Workshop Director – CARL COCKRAM
PARTNERS: LIVERPOOL PRIMARY CARE TRUST, GENIE IN THE GUTTER, THE BASEMENT, SPIDER PROJECT
copyright images – Lee Jeffries – all rights reserved
Esther Wilson – How she came to write Tony Teardrop:
“As part of the process on a regional voices scheme with the National Theatre I wrote Tony Teardrop. It was inspired by a real story. At the time my sister was working in a ‘Wet House’ (a refuge for the homeless where residents –usually alcoholics- can drink on the premises) run by a Church charity. It was a stressful but rewarding job. It got me thinking about morality and ethics, how they shift according to time, circumstance and perception. I was particularly interested in the idea that some people…those who drop out of mainstream society…are able to be more objective about how society works. And I was also interested in how someone with a ‘Christian’ morality has their perceptions challenged. So…Tony Teardrop was born. That was in 2004. A lot has happened since then. To me personally and to the society we live in, both politically and philosophically. Today we are both very different. I’ve always been politically active, in some way. By marching and protesting against what I perceived to be injustice I felt that I had some impact on what happens. After the anti-Iraqi war march in 2003 something appeared to shift in a lot of activists I know. The term ‘democracy’ sounded even more hollow than ever.
Today people are disillusioned by how global financial institutions wield so much power. A new form of protest – the occupy movement – is using technology as a tool to connect, disseminate information and to record events and brutality. It’s an exciting time. People creating tiny canvas enclaves in order to disrupt the rhythm of a prominent part of the city in order to be seen and heard. It’s common for local businesses to give hot food and drinks as an act of solidarity. When I’ve been on peace camps I was always moved by acts of kindness and generosity.
In relation to the play I got to thinking about how all this impacts on homeless people. We see them everywhere. We walk past them, step over them or try to avoid them. Where is our solidarity with them? It’s a dichotomy that both saddens and confuses me.
2012 is the year England hosts the Olympics. We are told the eyes of the world will be focused on us. Billions are being spent on preparations. Yet it’s common knowledge that the area around the site has been ‘cleansed’ of homeless people. They aren’t housed are given shelter. They are, literally, just ‘lifted and shifted’ like rubbish. The police put new arrivals straight back on the coach from where they came. It’s a problem that isn’t being addressed on any level”