Theatre for Young Audiences Report: Summary of Key Points
What do you need as freelancers to do your best work?
Time and money: Being paid properly for development and design time. Paid time to be creative and develop our practice without working towards a specific project. Rates of pay which mean we don’t have to take on too many jobs to make ends meet and can have a work/life balance, not treating ITC minimum rates as standard. Being paid on time, and not working unpaid hours, or long days and weeks.
Communication and respect: Timely responses to/acknowledgment of communication, a response even if the answer is no. Genuine communication and dialogue with organisations. Clear points of contact, being introduced to staff and team members, being able to ask questions. Clear briefing, and being given confirmation of jobs, information and schedules well in advance.
Practical support: Help with funding applications and contracts.Understanding of and help with childcare requirements. Storage space for sets and props, access to studios.
Collaboration and opportunities: Organisations actively looking beyond their usual collaborators to work with new people. Partnerships and links to collaborators, organisations, communities and young audiences.
What do you need as freelancers to creatively empower you – to make you feel valued?
Communication and a sense of community: Not feeling that our relationship with organisations ends with the project, being treated as if we are part of the family. Organisations reaching out to freelancers, continuing events like venue town halls to connect with organisations and each other.
Practical support: Dedicated desks/space to work in venues and rehearsal spaces, storage space, studios. Practices which support good mental health.
To be valued and represented: Being made part of discussions and ideas exchange with organisations even when not directly working with them, being represented on boards. Being valued for our experience and skills, paid to attend creative design meetings and for consultation, credited for our work. For young audiences work to be celebrated, and not considered less important than work for adults.
Development opportunities: Training, mentorship, grants and career development opportunities which are not restricted to younger people. Being able to set the agenda for training and development opportunities at organisations/venues. Opportunities for paid collaboration, to be paid for our ideas and skills as well as the end product.