Equity statement on Print Room production
20 December 2016
Equity’s General Secretary Christine Payne has called the Print Room’s recent statement justifying the casting of In the Depths of Dead Love “unacceptable”.
She said: “The Print Room’s statement is completely unacceptable on a number of levels, not least of which is the suggestion that an 'English' play must be completely white.”
Equity's Minority Ethnic Members Committee added:
“Equity's BAME members are caught between a rock and a hard place: excluded from one play because of 'historical authenticity' and from another because it's an 'English' play 'metaphorically set in a foreign country'. This casting clearly shows that the Print Room is not engaging with the industry-wide discussion on diversity. We believe that British theatre as a whole should embrace the union’s Play Fair campaign and its principles of inclusive casting."
Equity has invited the Print Room and the creative team of this production to engage in a dialogue to improve understanding of unconscious bias and inclusive casting.