COMMON GROUND: Career Progression as a Working-Class Artist

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Sat 21 April at 3pm

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Part of Common People: the working class theatre festival. Browse the full programme here. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest. Common People runs from Tue 17 – Sat 28 April.

Presented by Common

Common Ground is an open, supportive and nurturing discussion for artists who identify as working-class.

Led by COMMON, an arts organisation dedicated to supporting UK theatre in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and helping working-class artists build sustainable careers in theatre, this peer-driven session brings together artists in the working-class community to discuss the barriers they face when trying to progress their careers in theatre.

In the discussion, Founder of COMMON and working-class director David Loumgair, alongside Executive Producer Ailbhe Treacy, encourage the group to consider which barriers they have already faced and may face in the future with their career progression, and consider which could be directly attributed to their socio-economic status.

After having created a map of the multiple barriers working-class artists face, we then ask for suggestions and contributions to schemes, initiatives or opportunities which COMMON could create to provide practical solutions to these barriers, and support the career development of working-class artists.

COMMON then use these suggestions, made by working-class artists for working-class artists, to approach theatres and arts organisations to develop, implement and evolve opportunities of this kind to help support the career progression of working-class artists across the country.

About Common

COMMON is a non-profit organisation that exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help artists from working-class backgrounds gain the skills, experience and opportunities needed to build sustainable careers in theatre. | @COMMONTHR | #Common 

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