In response to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement returning to prominence, it is imperative that SOLT and UK Theatre, as well as the wider sector, resets itself by removing systemic racism, and creating clear, actionable inclusion and anti-racism policies.
The many research projects and reports published over the last few years clearly demonstrate that there are barriers to entry to the industry, and that retention, career progression and pay parity are also significant issues for workers who are Black, from an ethnic minority, or D/deaf and disabled.
Each one of us is responsible for making changes - every organisation, every member, and every individual working in the sector. This work cannot be done on behalf of the sector by SOLT/UK Theatre, although as the sector trade body we can stimulate debate, provoke actions, challenge, highlight best practice and lead. The Inclusion & Anti-Racism Working Group must champion this stance.
The first meeting of this Working Group was held on 23 July 2020.
Download the Inclusion & Anti-Racism Working Group's Terms of Reference here.