Speak Up & Call it Out: Establishing a Code of Behaviour for Irish Theatre

Wednesday 21 Mar 2018
Liberty Hall

Speak Up & Call It Out

This is a theatre sector initiative led by Irish Theatre Institute and supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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After the events and revelations of the last few months in relation to the abuse of power, and in line with calls to action taking place in theatre sectors across the UK, Australia and elsewhere, Irish theatre will come together to discuss and identify initiatives to begin a much needed cultural change in behaviour.

With two parts to the day, Speak Up followed by Call It Out, the event is designed for everyone working in the Irish theatre sector including actors, writers, directors, designers, technicians, production and stage managers, independent producers and administrators as well as theatre collectives and the major theatre organisations, venues and performing arts festivals. Theatre is a collaborative art form. This event will call for collective responsibility and action and will introduce a robust and workable Code of Behaviour to protect Irish theatre practitioners, makers and presenters. As a sector, we will work to eliminate the abuse of power to build a safe and dignified environment for all, irrespective of what stage you are at in your theatre career. It is important to note that Speak Up and Call it Out will not comprise a series of personal testimonies nor will it focus on past events.  It will be future-focused. It will call for transparency, protection and accountability in Irish theatre.

The event will be hosted by ITI Co-Directors Siobhán Bourke and Jane Daly with opening address by Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Contributors will include writer/director Grace Dyas, actor Andrea Irvine, Sarah Durcan Amplify Women, Karan O’Loughlin Head of Campaigning & Equality SIPTU and a presentation by UK based Ita O'Brien, Movement & Intimacy Director, on new industry guidelines being adopted in theatre and film internationally.

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Registration and Coffee

• Irish Theatre Institute Introduction

Siobhán Bourke and Jane Daly (Co-Directors, ITI) 


• Welcome

Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht


• Speaking Up

Grace Dyas (Artist and Activist) Andrea Irvine (Actor)


• Calling it Out

Sarah Durcan (Amplify Women)

Karan O'Loughlin (Head of Campaigning & Equality, SIPTU)


• Presentation: Towards a Code of Behaviour for Irish Theatre 

• Questions and Answers


--------- Lunch -------------


• Working Responsibly and Respectfully with Intimacy

Ita O'Brien (Movement & Intimacy Director)


• Panel Discussion - Who is Accountable?

Chaired by Catriona Crowe (Chair, ITI)

Panelists: Peter Crowley (Chair, The Gate Theatre), Phillip McMahon (Theatre Maker/Co-Director, THISISPOPBABY), Eleanor Methven (Actor), Sheila Pratschke (Chair, The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon)

• Questions and Answers


• Closing Comments and Next Steps

Programme may be subject to change