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posted 14 Jul 2020

Oxford Playhouse supports @TheatreCTA’s call for Black representation in the theatre industry.

We know that we have much work to do to increase the diversity of our audience, artists and staff so that we truly reflect the city and region we live in. #TheatresPullUpOrShutUp

We are proud to have received ‘Strong’ for our work contributing to the Creative Case for Diversity in 2019.  Nonetheless, we recognise we must do much more, especially tackling the lack of diversity amongst our staff at every level.

This is our data for the year 2018/19. We’re currently working on our 19/20 data but with a smaller team while working remotely it’s taking a bit longer.

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Here are some of the things we’ve committed to improve the diversity of OP:

OP Board instigated a Diversity and Inclusion Working Party in Autumn 2019 to work with our management team to achieve the change we require.

We have appointed 4 Trustees from BAME communities.

27% of the productions we presented in 2019-20 were led by diverse artists. At least 25% of the cast for all our in-house produced productions last year were from BAME backgrounds.

We were proud to co-produce with 3 companies at 2019 Edinburgh Festival, including Kuumba Nia’s award-winning play SOLD with Evolve artist Amantha Edmead.

Our Participation Team’s strategy is inspired by ACE Let’s Create, prioritising working with artists and audiences who might experience barriers to engagement.

We will continue our Playhouse Plays Out programme to take work out of our building to new audiences and communities across Oxfordshire

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