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Equity welcomes pledge on gender inequality

23 September 2014

Equity welcomes the news that leading English theatres have committed to making changes in their programming and working practices to address gender inequality.

This follows recent work undertaken by Tonic Theatre which included 11 theatres in its Advance programme.  

Equity’s General Secretary Christine Payne said:
“Gender inequality in theatre, and throughout the entertainment industry, has been an issue that Equity has been campaigning on for many years. This is a welcome development and a big departure from the recent position many theatres had taken on this issue. We monitored the gender balance of roles on stage and wrote to artistic directors in 2011 with the results. We asked to engage with them on this issue and only a very small number responded. 

“The continuing campaigning efforts of our Women’s Committee and those of other organisations, particularly Sphinx Theatre Company, appear to be finally delivering results. We are very pleased that those theatres named have pledged to do something about gender inequality and will be keen to see their detailed proposals.”

The 11 theatres that took part in the Advance programme are:

Almeida; Tricycle; Young Vic; Royal Shakespeare Company; West Yorkshire Playhouse; Chichester Festival Theatre; Gate Theatre Notting Hill; Pentabus Theatre; Tricycle Theatre; Sheffield Theatres and Headlong Theatre.

Find out more on the story from The Stage.

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