Behaviour code issued by Royal Court theatre to tackle sexual harassment
The Royal Court Theatre has published a theatre code of behaviour to prevent abuse of power and sexual harassment.
A day of action, called "No Grey Area," was held at the theatre on October 28, where 150 testimonials were read out.
Royal Court Artistic Director, Vicky Featherstone, who led the team, said the document was created thanks to “bravery, openness and desire to see change happen from the people in our industry who have either experienced abuse or are desperate to see it end”.
“It is an offering, it is a beginning. We have to start somewhere,” Featherstone added.
Following the recent allegations of sexual assault surrounding Harvey Weinstein, further claims of misconduct have been levelled at British theatre director Max Stafford-Clark and Kevin Spacey, the former Artistic Director of the Old Vic theatre in London, UK.
The new behaviour code contains many recommendations.
It reads: “Once harassment and abuse are proven, it must not be hidden. Boards and organisations cannot conceal it as a reason for dismissal.
"Challenge confidentiality – why is it needed and who is it protecting.
“Artistic freedom of expression is essential, but the creative space must be a safe space.”
The document also reveals that over half of the incidents read out on the day of action took place backstage, in rehearsals and in drama schools.
The Old Vic theatre was recently accused of ignoring sexual allegations against Kevin Spacey, who has now been replaced by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott's new film about John Paul Getty.Tags: