Our end of project events took place online on 25th and 26th March 2022.

The event included panels, discussions and roundtables, as well as a virtual exhibition showcasing work from the last 2 years. The panel and roundtable themes were all drawn from our research findings and final report.

Some panels are now available on YouTube. Click on the panel names below or see all videos on our YouTube channel.

We’d also like to say a huge thank everyone who contributed to these events, including our amazing speakers and attendees, and our brilliant technical manager Noelia Ruiz.

Below is a text version and PDF of the programme.

Friday 25th March

EventTitleTimeGather Town SpaceSpeakers
IntroductionIntroduction and overview of the Freelancers in the Dark research findings and report10.00 – 11.00Open Air TheatreDr Josh Edelman and the Freelancers in the Dark Team
Panel Connecting through COVID: Freelancer-led support networks  11.15 – 12.15StudioChair:
Dr Ali FitzGibbon
Fox Irving
Nicky Harley
Emma Spearing
Panel Creative Changing in Uncertain Time: Theatrical Innovation in the Pandemic 11.15 – 12.15MezzanineChair: Professor Rosie Klich
Speakers: Kelly Jones, Dylan Frankland, Rosemary Jenkinson
PanelDoing the Impossible: Strategies towards Productive Working Conditions Post-COVID14.00 – 15.00StudioChair: Dr Josh Edelman
Speakers: Stephen Beggs, Harold Finley, Jake Murray
PanelSaying No: Self Empowerment and Self Care amongst Freelancers in the Pandemic 14.00 – 15.00MezzanineChair: Dr Holly Maples
Speakers: Phoebe Rhodes, Isabel Dixon, Harry Harrington
Panel‘We have more power than we think’: Creative Industry Lobbying Power and the Government  14.00 – 15.00WingsChair: Dr Ali FitzGibbon
Speakers: Laura Mackenzie-Stuart, Steffan Donnelly, Fionnuala Kennedy, Trevor MacFarlane
RoundtableBarriers to change and the new normal16.00 – 17.00Open Air TheatreChair: Dr Kurt Taroff
Speakers: Kenya Sterling, Byron Mondahl, Laura Trevail, Clarissa Widya

Saturday 26th March

EventTitleTimeGather Town SpaceSpeakers
Panel What Does Diversity in the Industry Really Mean?: Access and Inclusion and Thinking beyond Tokenism 13.00 – 14.00StudioChair: Dr Holly Maples
Speakers: Kaite O’Reilly, Lucy Sheen, Peyvand Sadeghian, Richard Foxton
Panel Can I have a life and a career?: Parenting, Caring, and the Theatre Industry 13.00 – 14.00MezzanineChair: Dr Josh Edelman
Speakers: Matthew Wade, Julie Tsang, Cat Robey
PanelFinding a Common Language: Bridging the gap between Freelancers and Cultural Institutions and Barriers to Change 15.15 – 16.15StudioChair: Dr Kurt Taroff
Speakers: Graham Main, Katherina Radeva, Tomek Borkowy
PanelFreelancers in the Light: Activism and Advocacy in the time of COVID-19 15.15 – 16.15MezzanineChair: Dr James Rowson
Speakers: Rachel Pedley, Tigger Blaize, Emily Tucker, Leo Wan
RoundtableBetter practices and how to fight for a radical future16.30 – 17.30Open Air TheatreChair: Dr James Rowson
Speakers: Faynia Williams, Kaya La Bonte-Hurst, Rebecca Morden, Mick Gordon

The House Never Wins

As part of our end of project events there was a virtual performance of Kill the Cat Theatre’s The House Never Wins on Saturday 26th March 2022 at 7pm.

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