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Billie Piper kick-starts Equity’s anti-harassment campaign

Billie Piper and the cast of Yerma, with Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, kick-start Equity's Safe Space campaign. Photo: Philip Hartley Billie Piper and the cast of Yerma, with Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, kick-start Equity's Safe Space campaign. Photo: Philip Hartley
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Billie Piper and the cast of Yerma have kick-started Equity’s Safe Space campaign, which was developed following accusations of harassment in the theatre industry.

The campaign is aimed at encouraging members “to have the confidence to challenge inappropriate behaviour and to report it knowing that the union is always there for them”.

As part of the campaign, posters have been distributed that highlight the union’s harassment helpline.

In addition, Equity is calling for a specially created statement to be read out at the beginning of each new rehearsal period, which underpins a company’s commitment to create spaces “free of bullying and harassment”.

The statement reads: “Every single one of us working on this project is entitled to work in a safe space: a space free of fear, a space free of bullying and harassment of any kind. We will work together honouring our differences and celebrating the gifts we each bring to the table.”

It continues: “We will treat one another with politeness and respect at all times and, if we are subjected to or witness bullying and harassment, we will speak out knowing that our voices will be heard and we will be taken seriously. Together we can create a safe space.”

Yerma has recently opened in New York, but had been rehearsing in London.

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