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COMMON: CURATES - PANEL DISCUSSION
“REPRESENTATIONS OF WORKING-CLASS WOMEN IN BRITISH THEATRE”
DELIVERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PROJECT OVATION
THURSDAY 14TH MARCH 2019: 11.30AM - 1PM
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.
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
FRIDAY 8TH MARCH 2019: 3PM - 4PM
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.
NETWORKING EVENT FOR WORKING-CLASS ARTISTS AT THE 2018 EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
DELIVERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FRINGE SOCIETY
AND THE PLEASANCE THEATRE
TUESDAY 21ST AUGUST 2018: 5PM - 7PM
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.