BLACK LIVES MATTER
Black Lives Matter.
To be silent is to be complicit.
We publicly commit ourselves to being an actively anti-racist organisation, and dismantling the structures of white cis-hetero supremacy in the work that we make and all the ways that we make it.
These structures have benefitted us and our work. We have not been doing enough to actively recognise, challenge or dismantle them.
Our first step is to talk: within our Board, with our peers and with our sector about how to better embed active anti-racism into every part of our organisation: our management and internal procedures, but also who we are funded by, what spaces we present work in, which organisations we collaborate with. We will ensure these conversations turn into actions, which will be fully captured on a policy level and in all our long term strategies, also always building in structures and processes so we are held accountable.
In the short term, we are donating company funds to organisations working to support black lives in the midst of a society built on white supremacy. These organisations are doing really important and valuable work. We have highlighted them in our Instagram stories if anyone wants to look further, please do donate if you can.
As a majority white organisation, we will be getting in contact with other majority white organisations that we are working with to encourage them to do the same if they are not already, and discuss how to embed anti-racism practices meaningfully across the sector.
Right now more than ever we see the importance of communication - both in listening and in speaking. Voices who have not been heard need to be listened to. Theatre has the ability and the duty to amplify both the voice of the individual and the collective. Let's keep working and as an industry work better.
Leo & Mel (Artistic Directors) & Drew, Harriet, Isabel & Jon (Board)
** This page will continue to be updated as we develop our organisation and practices**