On Top of the World
Tower Block Residents
Three years ago the Royal Exchange Theatre and One Manchester housing association started working with the residents of four high-rise blocks in the Manchester areas of Hulme and Gorton. The On Top of the World project enabled residents to experience the benefits of arts and culture, to enhance their day-to-day life and well-being.
“I was initially skeptical about the project…art in tower blocks! How wrong could I have been! It has awakened in me something I would never have believed I could do. The first time I performed my poetry it felt like flying. To see others in the group perform and share their talents blew me away. How little do we know about our amazing neighbours” Martina Cribbin, On Top of the World participant
On Wednesday 14 June 2017 Grenfell Tower, a West London residential Tower Block was engulfed in flames and seventy-two people lost their lives. Triggered by the tragedy and some of the national discussions that it exposed, the residents involved in the project created CAN YOU HEAR ME FROM UP HERE?
CAN YOU HEAR ME FROM UP HERE?
‘We are more than faces at windows held high’
How often to we hear the voices of the residents of Tower Blocks? Produced by Tracie Daly Can you Hear Me From Up Here? is a performance exploring the lived experience of Tower Block Tenants and current attitudes towards people who live in social housing, the prejudices and the stigma that exist, the isolation they can feel, and the hopes and aspirations of those housed there. At Being the Story the residents will be performing a sequence from their play.