COMMON EXISTs TO SUPPORT THE UK THEATRE INDUSTRY IN ACHIEVING GREATER SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIVERSITY.
We aim to MAKE BRITISH THEATRE MORE ACCESSIBLE to THE working-class; whether they be artists, audiences or communities.
There are TWO strands to our work:
COMMON partner with theatres across the UK to find practical solutions to improve the socio-economic diversity of their organisations.
Through our Board of Researchers, we are continually learning about the structures, principles and processes which allow socio-economic inequality to be reinvented and reinforced within the UK theatre industry.
We work with leading theatres and arts organisations to identify socio-economic barriers within their practices which prevent working-class artists, audiences and communities from engaging with their work.
We create development programmes and opportunities to support the skill and career development of working-class artists.
These programmes aim to support working-class artists in overcoming many of the structural, socio-economic inequalities experienced by working-class artists, to create equal opportunity and the ability to build sustainable careers in the UK theatre industry.
"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."