Hull Truck Theatre have announced their ambitious equality and diversity plans as part of their commitment to opening up access to all aspects of the theatre. The theatre’s mission is to reflect the diversity of a modern Britain across all of its work, from on stage to audiences, participants and its workforce. The theatre has launched a short animation detailing how and why it will be ensuring its doors are well and truly flung open to all. The animation was developed by the theatre’s Inclusion Action Group – a working group with representatives from all departments and levels across the theatre. The plans include targeted work to nurture talent in Hull, building on the momentum of UK City of Culture 2017 to guarantee the city remains a hotbed of fresh ideas and opportunities for artists, arts professionals and audiences.
Hull is ranked as the 3rd most deprived local authority in England (from the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015) and new initiatives will focus on addressing socio-economic barriers to building a career in the theatre industry, as well as inequalities related to gender, ethnicity and disability. New initiatives include:
- Three-week Technical Skills Training Programme for young people 18+
- Annual careers day for local schools
- Commitment to a 50/50 gender split in creative teams across HTT productions
- Commitment to 20% of cast members for HTT productions being BAME or disabled actors
- Partnership with Parents in Performing Arts to remove barriers for working parents and improve work-life balance for all
To find out more and watch Hull Truck Theatre’s Inclusion animation, click here.