COMMON
 
 

COMMON exist to support the UK theatre industry to achieve greater socio-economic diversity.

Our aim is to make theatre more accessible to the working, BENEFIT AND UNDER-class; whether they be artists, audiences or communities.

 
 
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JAMES GRAHAM: OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT AND PATRON OF COMMON

"Socio-economic diversity in the arts is a tough fight to fight. It has and continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing theatre in the UK, and our industry is all the poorer for its lack of accessibility and inclusivity of working-class artists.

There were problems, challenges, and impossible hurdles when I was starting out from this kind of background, from a deprived community, but it's only getting harder for the next generation of ferociously talented artists.

I have been so impressed and inspired by the work of David Loumgair and of COMMON, and wish an organisation like this had existed when I was in my early career.

I admire its mission, its punchiness and its ideas. I admire its desire to work with existing companies and venues in fuelling this conversation, and collaborating with them to come up with solutions. I admire its national focus and its commitment to regions outside the capital, working with communities across the UK who have limited access to the arts.

As an artist from a working-class background, I am thrilled to join COMMON as a Patron to support this cause, and can't wait to see what ideas are generated and the progress we can all make together."

 

THE STAGE

‘Lyn Gardner: Is British theatre
guilty of failing the working-class?’

“It was the absence of working-class voices in theatre and the lack of acknowledgement
of the challenges faced by working-class theatre-makers that led director David Loumgair,
who recently revived Abi Morgan’s ‘Tiny Dynamite’ at the Old Red Lion Theatre, to set up COMMON.”

March 2018

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OUR REACH


 
 

Our Impact

 
 

400+

working, BENEFIT & UNDER-class artists THAT
we’ve SUPPORTED across the uk


25+

theatres and arts organisations THAT we’ve PARTNERED WITH NATIONWIDE


12+

cities THAT we’ve worked
in across the country

 
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THE STAGE

‘‘Working-class representation in theatre
stuck in the 1980s’, industry panel argues.”

“Working-class representation in mainstream theatre is ‘stuck in the past’ and reinforces outdated
stereotypes, industry figures have claimed… [arguing] that an 'updating needs to happen'
in terms of the stories being told."

March 2019

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