In an open letter to ACE chair Nicholas Serota, female theatre leaders including Julia Pascal have accused Arts Council England of displaying a “serious disregard” for women in its new 10-year strategy.
We are writing to express our deep disappointment with Let’s Create, the recently published 10-year Arts Council strategy.
Before it was launched, our group met with you and colleagues at the Arts Council to emphasise the endemic inequality faced by women in the arts.
During these meetings ACE assured us that our objective to achieve 50/50 parity would be seriously considered as part of the strategy. However, the new ACE plan barely mentions women, with only brief references in the introduction and conclusion.
It was clear to us that if the issue of female parity was not enshrined in the Strategy, it would be ignored. ACE has missed this vital opportunity to set out a strategy to achieve 50/50 representation.
We are presenting our research and that of our colleagues in Equity, Era 50:50, SDUK, the Writers’ Guild, Black Womxn in Theatre, and University Women In The Arts, and discussing the ACE Strategy, on February 25 at Trafalgar Studio 2 at 1.30pm-5pm.
We would be delighted if you could join us and clarify what seems to us a serious disregard for female artists.
All very best wishes,
Sue Parrish, artistic director of Sphinx Theatre Maureen Beattie, president, Equity Polly Kemp, co-founder of Era 50: 50 Jennifer Tuckett, director of University Women in the Arts and academic Titilola Dawudu, co-founder, Black Womxn in Theatre Julia Pascal, the first female director at the National Theatre at the South Bank Brigid Larmour, artistic director of Watford Palace Theatre
On behalf of the December Group
Owing to the current Coronavirus emergency we are not holding a public live event on 5 July but we shall be livestreaming fascinating discoveries, interviews and talks on that day. Please watch this space.
Site-Responsive Heritage Arts Performance Project & Installation
We are looking for volunteer performers, musicians, researchers, historians, artists & enthusiasts of all ages to join us in this exciting heritage arts project .
Rehearsals for the contemplative artistic guided tour ‘One Lost Stone’ will happen in London up to July 2020. We are exploring the histories of Sephardic Jews in Britain around the NOVO CEMETERY in London. The hidden history of the Sephardi Jews in England still has traces in the Novo Cemetery in the grounds of Queen Mary University, London. Following the 1492 expulsion of Jews from what is now Spain, Sephardim settled chiefly around the Mediterranean basin, notably in the Ottoman Empire. Many also converted outwardly to Catholicism, while secretly practicing Judaism. Some of these crypto-Jews settled in England in the middle of the 17th century, and laid the basis for a Sephardi community that came to affirm their Judaism openly again. Sephardim arrived on this island speaking Spanish and Portuguese and cooking Mediterranean style. They also brought their own Spanish, Portuguese, and Arab musical heritage. Using original archival material,poetry, sound and visuals we will reveal and activate a forgotten legacy and explore the subtle re-establishment of Jewish life in England.
Produced by Julia Pascal & Susannah Kraft Levene
Event Director: Thomas Kampe
Assistant Director: Matthew Emeny
Set & Costume: Lesley Lightfoot
Sound & Music: Ronen Kozokaro
Production Manager & Technical Director: Jules Deering
Videography: Mark Norfolk & Yaron Lapid
COST: Workshops & rehearsals are free (you don’t have to be able to attend all of them; there will be some support for travel expenses)
Enquiries & Enrolment :
For Performance volunteer workshops ‘ONE LOST STONE’ contact
Pascal Theatre Company explores contemporary life through theatre, film, new writing and radical re-interpretations of the classics. The Company’s work features site-specific heritage events as well as drama workshops. We engage with diverse communities by reaching out to those marginalised in society through the productions and an Education Programme. The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this major learning project where volunteers will research archives and learn interviewing techniques to prepare a legacy for future generations.
Pascal Theatre Company is working with Bevis Marks Synagogue, Manchester Jewish Museum, Bath Spa University and Queen Mary University of London with an Educational Programme linked to the project continuing throughout 2019 and 2020.