ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD was our creative response to the #MeToo campaign and with our #Respectis campaign invited you to create, share and discuss thoughts around the current issues and debate on sexual harassment.

In the wake of #MeToo, we’ve been wondering what theatre might look like – on stage, backstage and in the office – if we all felt able to call out unacceptable behaviour.

Imagine you’re in a rehearsal room and something happens that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Imagine you feel strong enough to speak up about it.
Imagine that the other people in the room are going to support you. In fact, they’re going to celebrate you for speaking up.

What do you say?
What do you do?
And what happens next?

Answers on a Postcard – Final Call out for creative responses …

Catherine is our Creative Learning Associate and creator of our campaign Answers on a Postcard – a creative response to #MeToo. Here she is chatting about the concept behind the campaign. You still have until midnight tomorrow, 5th December, to get your ideas and responses to us! We would love to hear your opinions. Click http://bit.ly/2hZvgCc to join in the conversation!

Posted by Stellar Quines Theatre Company on Monday, 4 December 2017

 

ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD submissions have now closed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, we’ll use your responses to inform the next stage of this project.

LATEST UPDATE – Dec 2017

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send us their Answers On A Postcard. Your responses were fascinating, inspiring and thought-provoking. We are honoured that you shared them with us.

The responses spanned a real range of styles.

Some conveyed the physical sensations of speaking up:

– I don’t have the hot buzz in my chest that might have accompanied this action in the past. I don’t have the sensation of not being able to form words.. . I say what is wrong and it’s OK. It’s normal. It’s just how we work.

Some suggested specific phrases to use:

– I say ‘ Woah. No. Stop’ or maybe ‘that’s a bit weird that’ in my most Mancunian accent (my true voice, my true accent, it makes me feel brave, confident and heard).

– I didn’t give you permission to do that. It makes me very uncomfortable and I can’t do my best work in those circumstances.

Some were practical:

In an ideal world, that person understand why what he/she did made the rest of us uncomfortable and apologises, explaining that he/she will not do/say things like that to anyone else in the future.

… and some were poetic:

Remember that silence is the tool of the oppressor

And then

Say

look

I don’t know what gives you the right to treat another human being like this

But I’m not going to stand for it

not today

not again

not ever

ever

again

Other writers focused on ideas for change, ways of working with the other people in the room, or more general ideas about theatre. People’s love for theatre and their desire for change shone out from all the answers.

So what next? Well, the exciting news is that in March 2018 we are going to be running two workshops with actors in training in Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Drama Training Network, to explore this theme further. Your responses from this stage of the project will feed in to the workshop design. We will keep you posted!