They They Theys


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– The Skinny, Glasgow/Edinburgh

They They Theys were a Scottish art band that formed in early 2014 as part of 'SEEP: Fluidity in Body & Landscape' at Media Education in Edinburgh. All shows had British Sign Language interpreting and level access; most shows had subtitles, audio description and quiet space.

They They Theys were poet Sandra Alland and musicians Chris Red, Matson Lawrence and Nathan Gale. They were sometimes accompanied by the stunning films of Ania Urbanowska. Their debut performance received 5 stars from The Skinny, and The Student said: 'They They Theys are at once a band, a film and a poem. A beautifully shot film, carefully orchestrated with Sandra Alland's words, and strings, a harmonica, percussion and an oboe, touches on the issue of bodily fluidity whilst also allowing itself to be a startling piece of art.'

They They Theys played at SEEP, Who's Your Dandy? (Edinburgh Filmhouse), Elvis Shakespeare/Leith Late, Free Pride, Fail Better, and Arts & Precarity Cabaret (Glasgow University). Theys also appeared on film for Sandra Alland's short story performance with film, 'Equivalence' (Transpose/Barbican, Anatomy/Summerhall, Edinburgh Filmhouse).

Gigs had to be wheelchair-accessible (including the toilets), and actively anti-racist/classist/sexist/ableist/trans-bi-homo-misic for Theys to play. Theys also advocated for people to hire BSL interpreters, and provide captioning and audio description. These are some of the reasons Theys had few gigs, and played their final show in 2016. But they live in hope that music gigs in Scotland and everywhere will one day be more acessible.

Video (with BSL and captions):

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