Today, FMTW representative Peter McKintosh attended the weekly AAPTLE meeting.
Stuart Porter spoke about RED ALERT, the ‘#WeMakeEvents’ initiative. They are preparing a day of planned outdoor activities on Tuesday 11 August, involving a socially distanced gathering of people wearing as much RED as possible, at London’s Southbank and Bankside, and across the country, to draw attention to the critical state the industry is in. This will be accompanied by the continuation of the ‘Light It In Red’ campaign, and the projection of Freelancer images on buildings (to ensure the safety of the event pre-registration will be mandatory: https://www.facebook.com/events/287417589031222/). More details to be announced soon.
Kevin Carson (BECTU rep) spoke about and how the Union works to represent and protect theatre practitioners. Stephen Spence spoke similarly on behalf of Equity. Both then took questions in a sometimes heated dialogue about how both organisations can do more, more quickly, and more efficiently to challenge and confront increasing bad practice in the light of the COVID-19 situation. Also a discussion about which Union serves which discipline best, and how they might make clearer the message that they are working together for all Freelancers, especially at this time.