This is a book for the middle class, those who didn’t grow up in poverty.
Award-winning artist, writer and broadcaster Scottee grew up around mould, mice and second-hand clothes. After a chance meeting with some posh kids, his mum teaching him to talk proper and him successfully persuading his parents to take him off free school meals Scottee knew he didn’t want to be common.
In Class, Scottee uncovers what it is to be embarrassed about where you’re from, how you can pretend to be richer than you are and explores why we all get a thrill from watching how the other half live.
Written, lived and performed by Scottee
Extent: 48 pp
‘A brilliant, angry, damaged, brutal, savagely funny reflection on what it means growing up working-class.’
‘This work is essential. For you and the world.’
‘Class is hard to watch, it’s gruelling, it sticks to you, you can feel it after it is gone. But, so is growing up poor and the experience of poverty. Scottee has made something that doesn’t let you off the hook, and nor should it.’
‘Scottee creates theatres of discomfort… If you’re middle class, you might prefer to avoid a situation in which you’ll be caricatured, patronised or judged; not everyone, of course, has that luxury.’
The Scotsman ★★★★