Solidarity Statement & Commitment to Anti-Racist Practices

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The TaPRA Executive Committee make this statement as a commitment to anti-racist practices, and in solidarity with people of colour around the world suffering under structures of inequality and white supremacy.

We have watched with hope protests sparked by the horrific murder of George Floyd. As performance scholars and makers, we acknowledge the power of bodies in protest as a means of effecting change, and are moved that fellow citizens are taking to the streets to bring about a fairer society where the humanity of black people is recognised.

Statements of support without action are not helpful. We have some work to do in finding the right strategies to dismantle white supremacy in UK theatre and performance studies, and we will make a series of public commitments soon.

As a starting point, we commit to funding a meaningful research opportunity for a scholar of colour and are currently actively working to set this up. We will support the development of a new generation of scholars of colour by funding programmes or projects in or for schools and/or for undergraduate students. In addition, we commit to diversifying our Executive Committee within the next 18 months.

We realise that in the shadow of histories of colonialism and inequality there is immeasurable work to be done. We are dedicated to joining this global effort and we welcome suggestions for action from members and others — knowing that we won’t always do the right thing, we are willing to listen.

In solidarity and love,

The TaPRA Exec

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