FREELANCERS MAKE THEATRE WORK
WEEKLY MEETING MINUTES – SCROLL DOWN TO SEE VISUAL NOTES
09:30-11:30, FRIDAY 06 November
Present: Kelsie Acton, Rachel Bagshaw, Bill Bankes-Jones, Sally Beck Wippman, Nafeesah Butt, Paule Constable, Alistair Cope, Freddie Crossley, Sunita Hinduja, Hazel Holder, Jack Hudson, Matt Humphrey, Ola Ince, Susan Kempster, Tracey Lindsay, Peter McKintosh, Vicki Mortimer, Chinonyerem Odimba, Emma Jayne Park, Tom Piper, Ella Taylor, Adele Thomas, Leo Wan, Andrew Whyment.
Updates from working groups
Website and Social Media
- Activity calendar for wellbeing events on website
- Funding talks continues
- Merchandise continuing to sell (post pictures if you have any)
- Bush – Rachel to pick up
- Creative Scotland – forward to Al
- First episode about to be released, currently figuring out process for second episode
- We need volunteers for future episodes and may reach out to specific people
- Proposal to draft questions to shape recordings, which can then be edited
- We need to suggest questions around a focus on relationship to space or industry
- Meeting to be scheduled for early next week
- Going well. We need hosts for tea breaks in September. (Leo, Ella, Rachel, Paule, Bill)
- Document in Slack is a guide to the host role, but is not prescriptive
- We have received some tea and biscuits, which we will send out with FMTW badges
- The meeting focussed on trade union relationships this week – there was a disparity in views and perspectives between regular attendees and the invited union reps.
- Suggestion to link AAPTLE with the idea for carbon literacy training and green riders in contracts that came out of the Future Labs.
- Planned events happening Zoom instead of at the Globe due to the lockdown.
- Suggestion that we repeat this format throughout the winter, perhaps once a week.
- Suggestion that we organise more events with a creative play focus.
- It would be simpler to make these an open invite, rather than a limited ballot.
FMTW Team Audit
- A proposed audit to monitor the representativeness of our organising group
- Add questions to shared doc via Slack – to be narrowed down by smaller group.
- Possible draft to be shared in Slack – suggesting a focus on having to stop work again
We had a good follow up session this week, which we will share video content from. We have started inviting representatives for the next labs and the applications close on Monday morning. We will pick up individual invites next week.
We need to discuss how we turn the content from the Labs into action. ACE are keen to engage with it, perhaps as a model for reimagining elements of the industry or channelling funding for freelancers. One example of a recurring suggestion from the Labs that some organisations are already exploring is freelancer advisory boards, which could be shaped around dedicated subjects. It was suggested that we make use the resources for a potential tenth panel for a concluding final event with a focus on actioning changes.
It was suggestion that we invite representatives from ACE to a meeting to discuss. A few people are a bit of the loop and need catching up. To both these ends, we will collectively collate an interim report on the progress so far and update everyone by email and in a meeting next week.
Engagement and Core Values Document
Working continuing in weekly meetings, including discussions about how we manage our time as a group.
Recap action points
- Volunteer to record a podcast episode and suggest questions to use as a framework
- Meet early next week to discuss next the podcast episodes
- Volunteer to host tea breaks in November
- Add questions to the shared doc in Slack for the internal audit
- Update everyone on progress and collate an interim report on the progress so far
- Sound out arts body representatives for a potential meeting to discuss actions
Date and time of next meetings
- General catch up – Friday 30 November, 9:30-11:30am (chair: TBC)
- Podcast meeting – Tuesday, 2:30-4.00pm (chair: Sally Beck Wippman)
- Future Labs meeting – TBC (chair: Jack Hudson)
- Core Values meeting – Wednesday, 12pm (chair: Paule Constable)