Today’s collaboration is narrated by British actress, Maxine Peake ( from T.V. seriesShameless) and (former guitarist for Morrissey & co-songwriter for the band ‘The Smiths’ ) Johnny Marr.
The video & lyrics were inspired by former BIG ISSUE, Jo Gallagher’s (magazine vendor/seller )own experiences of being homeless in Edinburgh from 2105 until he went on to find full-time employment.
I discovered this brilliant spoken word, experimental soundscape, kitchen sink noir mash-up when I was editing Act two for a stage play script I wrote about covering themes of Homelessness, relationships, legal highs & the state of the nation today in the U.K.
It appeals to me as it is raw & humorous. I am a firm believer in using my sense of humour in life to get me through dark moments.
It gives a bigger perspective of the idea that homeless people are just addicted or lazy people who don’t want to work.
If anyone has read the book by (pen name) George Orwell or Eric Blair ‘Downtown in Paris and London’ – a biographical account of Orwell’s own decision to turn away from his privileged lifestyle & live rough as a “tramp”, in a passionate attempt to be taken seriously as a writer in his lifetime. He was a radical.
We can see how our views in over a century about “tramps” are seriously misunderstood in a social, cultural & Historical Context
Like Orwell’s book ‘ The priest’ uses a common writing technique by adopting the register of the characters narrated about in the video.
Here is a bit of context
A few months ago I was on my way to see my doctor & I was standing at the traffic lights waiting to cross the road. A (homeless) couple had made a sign stating
WE ARE HOMELESS -We will wash your car for money or food. We want to work.
When I was homeless (couch) I used my last bit of money and bought a one-way ticket to go and live with my (now deceased) Aunt in Barcelona for 3 months.
Homelessness doesn’t have to mean you are on the streets. Homelessness is also about couch surfing, temporary accommodation, hostels.
It is not easy getting off the streets. Trust me. I have done the research. Red tape issues are huge obstacles ( to name but one).