We, the undersigned, note the recent developments and allegations in the entertainment industries in the US and UK. We strongly condemn sexual harassment and abuse of power in the theatre in Ireland and Internationally. This kind of behaviour is always utterly inappropriate. Theatres, like any work environment, need to be safe spaces for everyone.
We support the actions taken by our colleagues in the UK to raise awareness on this issue. We are committed to working together to raise awareness and to create a safe culture and environment where unacceptable behavior can be addressed and challenged. We are committed to supporting those who speak out, and to listen closely and carefully when they do.
The welfare and wellbeing of everyone working in our theatres is of paramount importance. Therefore we wish to restate our collective commitment to ensuring that Irish theatres are safe, fair and equitable places for all those working within them.
STATEMENT FROM (Alphabetical order):
Abbey Theatre – Neil Murray & Graham McLaren
Druid Theatre –Garry Hynes
Dublin Fringe Festival – Kris Nelson
Dublin Theatre Festival –Willie White
Gate Theatre – Selina Cartmell
Project Arts Centre – Cian O’Brien
Rough Magic Theatre Company – Lynne Parker