18 November 2017
A statement in regards to The Suppliant Women
In accordance with the Young Vic’s longstanding Dignity at Work policy, we do not tolerate inappropriate conduct of any kind.
The safeguarding of those we work with is our priority. As soon as we were made aware of allegations, all of which related to historic events, the Young Vic took action to look after all participants in The Suppliant Women. By agreement with the Young Vic and in consultation with Equity, Actors Touring Company have initiated an independent investigation into this matter.
Our policies were shared with the entire company of The Suppliant Women and include resources for reporting concerns or complaints of this nature. As outlined in our safeguarding policy, experienced members of staff oversaw rehearsals with the community chorus to ensure their wellbeing.
When the investigation was initiated, senior members of our team spent time with our participants to share as much information as we were advised was permissible at that time.
As we made clear in our joint statement with other UK theatre companies on 23 October: we work to create and support a theatre culture where abuse of power is always challenged. We are committed to working together to ensure that our theatres are safe spaces for all.