Out of Joint is partnering with campaign organisation Parents in Performing Arts to investigate the challenges facing parents working in touring theatre.
The London-based theatre company will host a parents, carers and touring listening event next month, in partnership with PIPA, for actors, stage managers and creatives to discuss the difficulties and what practical support might be helpful.
The events are designed to listen to parents’ concerns that specifically relate to touring, which will then inform PIPA’s work in reducing the barriers for parents and carers in the industry.
They will take place on September 17 at Out of Joint’s north London home, and will be free to attend.
PIPA said it is particularly keen to hear from people who identify as working class, disabled, are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds or part of any other under-represented group.
Parents can bring children under school age with them and child minders will be present for children over two, meaning parents can attend without arranging childcare.
Out of Joint artistic director Kate Wasserberg said: “Out of Joint is nothing without the glorious artists we make shows with. We don’t want our audiences to lose out on any of that talent because we haven’t listened to what artists need to make touring workable.
“We want to discuss the challenges faced and test out some ideas to make touring a possibility. We want artists to challenge us and have a really open debate, so that we can find a way through to create truly representative companies that reflect the modern world we live and work in.”
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