Vicky Featherstone announces ‘day of action’ in response to Weinstein revelations
Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone has announced a day of events that will take place in response to the sexual harassment revelations concerning Harvey Weinstein.
Featherstone had previously tweeted that British theatre needed to speak out, as Hollywood had done, and questioned what could be done to end the “abuses of power” in the industry.
She has now announced two events that will take place as part of a day of action at the Royal Court, on October 28.
These include an industry-wide session to share policies and best practice, and an event aiming to provide a space for people to speak out about their own stories, which will be curated by Royal Court associate director Lucy Morrison.
Featherstone said: “Following last week’s revelations concerning Harvey Weinstein it is time to confront the abuses of power that have been occurring in our own industry for years.
“I tweeted last week to ask what we should be doing and I was overwhelmed by the open and candid response from the many people who got in touch with me, sharing their stories and suggesting courses of action.
“What shocked me most was how many of those who approached me were fearful they'd be named and also of the significant negative implications speaking out could have for them. Despite those fears they wanted to have their voices heard to prevent such abuses happening to those coming after them.”
The Royal Court has also set up an online forum where individuals can safely and anonymously share their stories.
“Whether you consider it a big or small thing, if someone in a position of power over you has made you feel sexually compromised, or at all uncomfortable, then be brave, tell us what happened. We will take care of your story,” Featherstone said.
More information about the events can be found here.