Best Practice Research Project

PIPA’s Best Practice Research Project, undertaken in partnership with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, is intended to investigate barriers facing parents and carers working in the theatre industry, to identify their needs as well as existing supportive practices that can be shared, developed and trialled with participating theatre organisations across the UK. 

In order to ignite change we need to get a better understanding of who is working in the Industry, who has had to leave for caring related reasons and what could be done to prevent this in future. Our goal is to find ways to make work more accessible to people with caring responsibilities and help organisations to attract, support and retain their workforce. Our aim is to create a Best Practice Charter, the first of its kind. Working with theatres across the UK, the research is conducted in two phases:

  • Phase 1 consists of a UK wide survey identifying challenges parents and carers working in the theatre industry face.

Please find the Executive Summery of the survey findings here

  • Phase 2 will begin with the presentation of the survey findings at a Symposium for participating theatre organisations and partners. The aim of the day will be to identify practical, sustainable solutions to support carers and parents that 15 selected theatre organisations will be supported to trial over a 6 month period. After the first 3 month of trials are completed we’ll come back together to evaluate and share experiences, focusing on areas that need developing. Organisations will enter the second 3 month period of trials before coming back together for a final Symposium and evaluation of the process, which will result in drafting the Best Practice Charter.

The Best Practice Research Project  is co-funded by the Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Actors’ Children’s Trust, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Family Arts Campaign and UK Theatre. The 15 participating theatre organisations that are involved are: 

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Dundee Rep Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Hull Truck Theatre, Mercury Theatre Colchester, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Wales, Northern Stage, Royal Court Theatre, Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Theatre by the Lake and The Old Vic (PIPA lead organisation.)

Please note this research project was targeted at theatre practices. We will focus on Dance, Opera and Music in 2017/18