How to achieve real diversity? Out of Joint sets five-year targets

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Out of Joint, the new writing and touring theatre company, is committing to equal representation of female performers and writers. The company will also commission 20 per cent of its plays from BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) writers, and will ensure at least 20 per cent of roles are played by BAME actors.

Over the five year period from April 2017

  • 50% of actors in the company’s productions will be women
  • at least 20% of actors will be from ethnic minorities
  • 50% of plays will be commissioned from women
  • at least 20% of plays will be commissioned from BAME writers

Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark said:

“We have a good record when it comes to female writers. 43 per cent of Out of Joint’s productions over our 23 years have been written by women, or 42 per cent if we look only at the plays we have commissioned. This will now rise to 50 per cent. As a company producing primarily new plays, we are in a strong position to be a standard bearer, ensuring better representation not only on today’s stages but also in the legacy of plays that we leave to future generations.”

Producer Martin Derbyshire said: “The arts play a vital role in a healthy, democratic and free society and as such we must represent and explore that society as completely as we can. It undoubtedly makes our work richer if we can explore the widest range of experiences, speak with a range of voices and be able to say to the widest range of people: our shows are for you.”

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