WHAT WE DO
COMMON is an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help working-class artists build sustainable careers in theatre.
We work with UK theatres and arts organisations as expert consultants in socio-economic diversity, to ensure that a greater number of working-class artists gain the skills, experience and opportunities they need to support the practical development of sustainable careers in theatre.
Our approach is research-driven, and a crucial part of our work involves partnering with the UK’s leading cultural sociologists pursuing research in the creative industries.
Their support enables us to learn more about how we measure class in the 21st century, and to better understand the complexities of socio-economic diversity in British theatre.
Using this research, we partner with leading arts organisations across the UK to identify the complex barriers that artists from working-class backgrounds face when building careers in theatre.
We then work with these organisations to create and implement practical opportunities to support the career development of working-class artists across the country, and help make the arts more accessible for all.
"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."
- James Graham, Playwright and Patron of COMMON