This is a theatre sector initiative led by Irish Theatre Institute and supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
After the events and revelations of the last few months in relation to the abuse of power, and in line with calls to action taking place in theatre sectors across the UK, Australia and elsewhere, Irish theatre will come together to discuss and identify initiatives to begin a much needed cultural change in behaviour.
With two parts to the day, Speak Up followed by Call It Out, the event is designed for everyone working in the Irish theatre sector including actors, writers, directors, designers, technicians, production and stage managers, independent producers and administrators as well as theatre collectives and the major theatre organisations, venues and performing arts festivals. Theatre is a collaborative art form. This event will call for collective responsibility and action and will introduce a robust and workable Code of Behaviour to protect Irish theatre practitioners, makers and presenters. As a sector, we will work to eliminate the abuse of power to build a safe and dignified environment for all, irrespective of what stage you are at in your theatre career. It is important to note that Speak Up and Call it Out will not comprise a series of personal testimonies nor will it focus on past events. It will be future-focused. It will call for transparency, protection and accountability in Irish theatre.
The event will be hosted by ITI Co-Directors Siobhán Bourke and Jane Daly with opening address by Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Contributors will include writer/director Grace Dyas, actor Andrea Irvine, Sarah Durcan Amplify Women, Karan O’Loughlin Head of Campaigning & Equality SIPTU and a presentation by UK based Ita O’Brien, Movement & Intimacy Director, on new industry guidelines being adopted in theatre and film internationally.
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Dignity in the Workplace: Towards a Code of Behaviour for Irish Theatre Discussion Document is avaialble to download (to the right). Comments and observations welcome: Please email email@example.com before 7th April 2018.
For more information on Ita O’Brien (Movement & Intimacy Director) and her guidelines on “best practice when working with intimacy” please click here.
All artists invited to participate in the programme for Speak Up & Call It Out was paid for their time and contributions courtesy of funding provided by Dept. Culture Heritage & the Gaeltacht in line with ITI’s policy on fair and equitable payment for artists.
Ms Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht gives Opening Address
Opening Address at Speak Up & Call It Out, Safeguarding the Future of Irish Theatre. A Theatre sector initiative led by Irish Theatre Institute and supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Wednesday 21st March 2018 | Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
Speaking Up: Grace Dyas, Artists and Activist. Andrea Irvine, Actor
Contributions by Grace Dyas and Andrea Irvine to Speak Up & Call It Out | Wednesday 21st March 2018 | Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
Calling It Out: contributiosn from Loughlin Deegan, Karan O’Loughlin and Sarah Durcan
Calling It Out: Loughlin Deegan, Director, The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College. Karan O’Loughlin, Head of Campaigning & Equality, SIPTU. Sarah Durcan, Amplify Women. Towards a Code of Conduct: Presentation of Draft Code: Siobhán Bourke & Jane Daly, Co-Directors Irish Theatre Institute.
Panel Discussion: What is Accountable?
Chaired by: Catriona Crowe, Chairperson, Irish Theatre Institute Peter Crowley, Chairperson, The Gate Theatre Phillip McMahon, Artist / Maker Eleanor Methven, Actor Sheila Practschke Chairperson, The Arts Council; / An Comhairle Ealaion Speak Up & Call It Out | Wednesday 21st March 2018 | Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1