• We are holding regular meetings with our community of freelancers (who work on and off stage) focused on addressing racial injustice in our work and the wider sector. We will continue to hold this space and support the work that they are initiating in this area, in particular endorsing and acting on the recommendations in their Manifesto to Create a Safe Space, Free of Racism, for the Black Artist.
• This work will include working with this community of freelancers and staff to create a more actively transparent and visible process for anyone working with us to raise experiences of structural racism, discrimination, micro-aggressions, and injustice. This ‘justice system’ will build upon existing grievance procedures but go further and deeper to address their failings.
• We will share learning from our experience of touring shows led by Black artists/companies/off stage team with our current team to ensure that everyone working at Fuel has access to and understanding of what we have learned in the past, and with other touring companies, so that we can act together against the racism which Black theatre makers regularly experience on tour in the UK. This work will include creating an Anti-Racism Tour Rider with freelancers and other touring companies.
• We will use influence where we have it in the sector to push for greater representation and transparency.
• We will develop, adopt, and advocate for improved categorisations in quantitative data gathering around ethnicity, as well as improving methodologies around the capture and sharing of quantitative data.
• We are working towards the creation of a peer review group with other producing/touring companies to work together to make a greater and faster change in our sector collectively than we can achieve on our own.
• We will actively challenge racist bias in media and from theatre critics.
• We will use our influence, where we have it, to contribute to dismantling structural inequalities, and to de-colonising buildings, programmes and the curriculum.
• We will continue to actively listen to Black board members, staff and artists’ insights into how we can contribute to anti-racism, and to white staff and artists about self-education and active anti-racist ally-ship, and monitor our progress both quantitatively and qualitatively, measuring culture change as well as statistical representation
Contact: Kate McGrath, Director – firstname.lastname@example.org https://fueltheatre.com/antiracismpledge/
Initiative by: Fuel