COMMON: GROUND is our inaugural, nationwide initiative delivered with support from the UK's leading theatres and arts organisations.
COMMON: GROUND is a series of supportive, group discussions where self-identifying, working-class artists are offered a platform to share the barriers to career progression that they face when building careers in theatre.
We explore which barriers could be directly linked to their socio-economic status and how these barriers impact their attempts to develop their career, enabling us to better understand the difficulties working-class artists face in regions across the UK.
Based on points raised during the discussion, we ask for direct suggestions from artists towards initiatives that could be created to provide practical solutions to these barriers. We then collaborate with established theatres in that region to develop, trial and implement these opportunities, created by working-class artists, for working-class artists.
Through COMMON: GROUND, we help regional areas build a strong and supportive network of working-class artists in their locality; artists who may otherwise have felt isolated in their attempts to build a sustainable career in theatre.