Answers on a Postcard

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!

Stellar Quines response to the #Metoo campaign

Today Stellar Quines announce their support and plan of action in response the #MeToo campaign that has spread across our industry over the past month since the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others were revealed.

We are working with partners in the Scottish arts industry, uniting together to instigate change.

We invite you to join our #Respectis campaign on social media sharing up to 3 words, in text, sound, film or images, anyway you prefer which sum up what RESPECT means to you on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. 

We want this collective response to the bravery of disclosure seen through #Metoo to make a statement about what behaviours we expect and demand. We will use your words of hope as an inspiration for our next steps as an industry and a movement.

Soon we will be announcing a new project Answers on a Postcard where you can engage through a process of creative sharing. We are also be collating information and articles for you to read to help inform what is happening.

Join the conversation #Respectis

#Respectis

#Respectis – join a collective response to the bravery of disclosure seen through #Metoo to make a statement about what behaviours we expect and demand.

What does RESPECT mean to you? Share up to 3 words, in text, sound, film or images, anyway you prefer that sum up what RESPECT means to you, tagging your posts on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #Respectis.

We will use your words of hope as an inspiration for our next steps as an industry and a movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 


RESOURCES

Add our Twibbon to your Twitter profile to show your support for the campaign.

Use our Canva template to create your #Respectis message or download a template from below.

 

Suggested tweets for sharing:

  • What does RESPECT mean to you? Share up to 3 words #Respectis make a statement about the behaviours we expect & demand
  • #Respectis words of hope – join the campaign https://www.stellarquines.com/respectis
  • #Respectis join a collective response – inspire next steps https://www.stellarquines.com/respectis

 

 

 

 

 

 

#MeToo News and Resources

These pages are a work in progress…we will keep adding information to them regularly so please keep checking back!

Events/Opportunities

• Jan 2018 Persistant and Nasty is a platform for female identified humans working, writing and performing in the stage and screen industry. It was born from the frustration and anger of four actresses/writers, fed-up with the treatment of women across the industry; from the lack of profile female writers get, to the way that women are treated in the casting process.

Nov 22 – LONDON – Devoted & Disgruntled are organising an OPEN SPACE event in London at Theatre Deli on 22 November to discuss issues around the recent sexual abuse revelations.

Articles

Responses

Contacts

Whilst this has been a moment of empowerment for some women, it is also incredibly important that we practise self-care. If you feel you can’t or don’t want to speak to anyone close to you about your own experiences there are some people who are there to listen [source No Grey Area]

SCOTTISH HELPLINES & CONTACTS

  • Rape Crisis Scotland – 08088 01 03 02
  • Victim Support Scotland – 0845 603 9213
  • Scotlands Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline – 0800 027 1234
  • NHS 24 (Scotland) – 111
  • Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90.

NATIONAL HELPLINES

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission – Sexual Harassment – 0845 604 6610
  • NHS Direct Helpline: 0845 46 47
  • Victim Support 0845 30 30 900
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre 0808 802 9999
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline 08457 023 047
  • The Rape and Abuse Line 0808 800 0123
  • Women’s Aid Federation of England 0808 2000 247
  • Scottish Women’s Aid 0131 226 6606

USEFUL RESOURCES

Rape Crisis Scotland Sexual Harassment Leaflet

Royal Court Code of Behaviour 

Supporting #MeToo

In the aftermath of the reports and allegations that have swept across the media this month and shone a bright and uncomfortable light on our industry, we have been deep in conversation about how best to respond. Because we want to respond, with the sector, for what we believe in and what our company stands for on behalf of women and girls.

As the stories have unfolded and colleagues across the performing arts landscape have added their voices of support to those who have been brave enough to speak out and those who are not able to, we have sought to find a response that respected that bravery and the incredible complexity of the issue.

We acknowledge that we cannot fix this alone and stand with colleagues across the UK who are collectively and publically pledgingto make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry.’ and developing an industry-wide code of behaviour to prevent sexual harassment and abuse.

We recognise the need for leadership from within the Scottish theatre sector and are working alongside industry partners to make things happen, uniting together to instigate change. This includes supporting both the Federation of Scottish Theatre’s statement and their development of shared policies and clear, practical guidance.

As a theatre company who exists to celebrate, provoke, empower and inspire we would like to invite you to:

  • JOIN our #Respectis campaign. Share up to 3 words, in text, sound, film or images, anyway you prefer, which sum up what RESPECT means to you. Tag your posts on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #Respectis to join a collective response to the bravery of disclosure seen through #Metoo to make a statement about what behaviours we expect and demand. We will use your words of hope as an inspiration for our next steps as an industry and a movement.
  • CREATE a vision of an alternative world in which women really get to shape their own reality: as artists, as leaders, as lovers. ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD [deadline 5th December] invites you to help shape this world through your ideas.
  • READ news articles, projects and events. We will bring together as many news articles, events, resources and contacts as we can.

We each have our individual experiences and responses to #MeToo. We hope you’ll join us in imagining collectively what change could and should look like.

The Quines