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UK Theatre four-year plan: We’ll fight council cuts and promote diversity

UK Theatre’s business plan addresses the lack of diversity in the industry. Photo: Pamela Raith

Improving diversity and protecting local authority funding are at the forefront of UK Theatre’s business plan for the next four years.

The plan from the membership organisation, which sets out its objectives for 2017-2021, describes its aim to improve the diversity of theatre and the performing arts as “a significant priority”.

The organisation commits to working with Tonic Theatre, Equity and other stakeholders to publish a planning tool for the casting process in order to improve diversity on stage.

It will also establish a ‘board bank’ of professionals from black, Asian and minority ethnic, disabled and low socio-economic backgrounds to assist organisations in addressing the diversity of their boards.

Another focus in the business plan is addressing the increase in live-to-digital theatre. The industry body promises to negotiate a standard agreement for digital rights, pay scales and royalty fees, in collaboration with Equity.

Recognising “considerable funding challenges, particularly at the local level”, the organisation will launch an advocacy campaign promoting the importance of local authority support for performing arts. It will also offer resources to help members access new sources of funding.

Along with its current conferences, UK Theatre will organise a new conference focused on backstage, technical and security.

Other objectives include the introduction of online learning alongside its training events and the development of a statement on environmental sustainability.