PAST COMMON: CURATES EVENTS

 

 
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LEARN ABOUT PAST SESSIONS FROM OUR COMMON: GROUND PROGRAMME:

 

 
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WORKING-CLASS STUDIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE 2019: ‘Socio-economic inequality in British theatre and barriers to engagement for working-class artists and audiences’

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WCSAC19 AND THE GULBENKIAN THEATRE

WHEN: Friday 6th September 2019: 9am - 10.30am
WHERE: Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NZ

With a growing awareness of class-based inequality, Brexit, and a new willingness to discuss working-class issues, The Working-Class Studies Association are pleased to announce that the next conference will be held in the UK in September 2019.

In its fifteen year history, this will be the first time the Working-Class Studies Association will hold its conference outside its heartland of the USA. This conference aims to build and consolidate work being carried out currently in the UK and Europe with the USA and elsewhere in the world. Working-Class Studies as a field seeks to bring together academics, activists, artists and others interested in working-class issues and themes.

As part of the WCSAC19, Founder and Creative Director of COMMON, David Loumgair, presented a summary of the research COMMON has been leading over the last two years surrounding socio-economic inequality in British theatre, and the barriers to access, engagement and participation encountered by working-class creatives and communities across the sector.

 

 
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WORKING-CLASS ARTISTS’ GATHERING AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2019

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FRINGE SOCIETY

WHEN: Tuesday 13th August 2019: 10.30am - 12pm
WHERE:
Fringe Central, Appleton Tower, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE

COST: FREE

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. COMMON are curating a gathering to bring together working and under-class artists with industry members and venue programmers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019. This will be an opportunity to build relationships with industry members and venue programmers to discuss challenges and potential solutions when bringing work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a working or under-class artist, and to spend time amongst a community of fellow working/under-class artists building new creative collaborations.

 

 
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HOW TO ENGAGE WORKING-CLASS AUDIENCES WHEN TOURING THEATRE: EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2019

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FRINGE SOCIETY

WHEN: Monday 12th August 2019: 11am - 12pm
WHERE:
Fringe Central, Appleton Tower, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE.

COST: FREE

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. COMMON are curating a panel discussion with experienced touring companies to explore how you can reach and engage working-class audiences when touring theatre across the UK. This will be an opportunity to learn from established touring companies who have actively and effectively engaged working-class audiences through their work around how to make your tour accessible and engaging to working-class communities.

 

 
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COMMON PEOPLE: CLASS, COMMUNITY AND THE ARTS

DELIVERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

WHEN: Saturday 10th August 2019: 11am
WHERE:
The Lyceum Theatre Rehearsal Studio.

COST: FREE

Common People is a call to action; a commitment by organisations to creating meaningful and sustainable change to ensure that arts and culture truly is accessible to everyone.

Working and under-class creatives, activists and local residents will unite with cultural representatives from Edinburgh’s festivals and venues, alongside arts organisations from across the UK. They will investigate what needs to be done to create sustainable change within the work of these organisations, and demand that they actually commit to doing it.

David Loumgair of COMMON and Fuel's Kate McGrath will be joined by acclaimed artists Scottee, Bryony Kimmings, Ink Asher Hemp, Heather Marshall andHannah Lavery, who will lead parts of the event, and organisations will have opportunity to learn about the lived experiences of working and under-class creatives and local residents, to hear the reality of what it means to experience inequality.

 

 
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PANEL DISCUSSION: “REPRESENTATIONS OF WORKING-CLASS WOMEN IN BRITISH THEATRE”

DELIVERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PROJECT OVATION

WHEN: Thursday 14th March 2019: 11.30am - 1pm
WHERE:
VAULT Theatre

TICKETS: £2.50

COMMON are curating a panel discussion asking how working-class women are typically represented in classical and contemporary British Theatre.

Are these representations authentic? Do they serve the complex and intersectional identities of women from working-class communities? Or do they enforce damaging stereotypes which feed national assumptions about who these individuals are and the communities they come from?

COMMON's Artistic Director will be joined by an exceptional panel of creatives from working-class backgrounds and academics who specialise in representations of gender and class on stage for this urgent discussion. Join us to explore the staging of working-class identity and gender in British theatre, and ask what needs to change for us to begin presenting the truth about extraordinary working-class women.

 

 
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TATE EXCHANGE: SOCIAL MOBILITY - PANEL DISCUSSION

“IS BRITISH THEATRE TRULY ACCESSIBLE TO THE WORKING-CLASS? WHAT IS THE POWER OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY TO CHANGE IT?”

DELIVERED WITH SUPPORT FROM BETA SOCIETY & DIGITAL MAKERS COLLECTIVE

WHEN: Friday 8th March 2019: 3pm - 4pm
WHERE: Tate Modern,
Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Why does a significantly smaller percentage of the working-class engage with theatre than more affluent socio-economic groups? Are there barriers that stop the working-class from doing so? Are they physical? Psychological? Cultural? Or are they simply personal? 

What might the potential of digital technology be to remove some of these barriers? Multiple platforms now exist for audiences and institutions to engage with live theatre digitally. This includes platforms such as National Theatre Live and Digital Theatre, which have been proven to make theatre more immediately accessible to audiences across the world. But who are engaging with these platforms? Is it the working-class, or is it the audiences who are already engaged with theatre?

Founder of COMMON David Loumgair was joined by a panel of academics, digital technologists and socio-economic specialists for this urgent discussion on Friday 8th March at 3pm, as part of University of the Arts London’s BETA Society event at Tate Modern.

 

 
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NETWORKING EVENT FOR WORKING-CLASS ARTISTS AT THE 2018 EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

DELIVERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FRINGE SOCIETY
AND THE PLEASANCE THEATRE

WHEN: Tuesday 21st August 2018: 5pm - 7pm
WHERE:
Fringe Central, Appleton Tower, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE

TICKETS: FREE

COMMON are working in partnership with Fringe Central and The Pleasance Theatre to host a networking event during the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exclusively for artists who self-identify as working-class.

The networking event will offer a platform for working-class artists to find new collaborators, seek creatives to work on upcoming projects, share ideas for new work, and to simply have the opportunity to meet artists from similar backgrounds.

This event is open to all working-class artists across all disciplines in theatre, whether you are staging or seeing work at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival The event is also wheelchair-accessible, baby/child friendly, and inclusive of working-class artists from intersectional backgrounds across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, gender binaries and disabilities or illness.