Theatre Welfare Resources
We are committed to making sure that the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom are places in which people feel safe and supported, both as creatives and individuals. We are taking steps to formalise a welfare policy which applies specifically to our venues, but have listed and linked other resources below which we hope will be useful to anyone putting on a show in Cambridge.
As a department of the University of Cambridge, the ADC Theatre is committed to preventing any form of discrimination, harassment, victimisation or sexual misconduct, among its staff, the student community and our customers. More detail on this policy can be found on the University's website. We are committed to being a place in which people can feel safe, and those found to be conducting discrimination, harassment, victimisation or sexual misconduct will receive disciplinary action by being banned from future activity at the theatre and being reported to the University's Office of Student Conduct, Complaints and Appeals.
Harassment or Discrimination
If you have been the subject of harassment while at the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom, or would like to report any misconduct, you can find more details about our reporting procedure on this page of our website.
Sexual Assault and Harassment
In addition to the above University resources and our internal reporting procedure, you can also go directly to the University Sexual Assault and Harassment Advisor who is able to offer support to survivors regardless of whether or not they choose to engage with any reporting processes.
- Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre are a local charity, separate from the University, who can offer support and counselling to female survivors of sexual violence.
- Safeline offers telephone and email support for all survivors of sexual violence, regardless of gender, and they also have a dedicated telephone support line for male survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse.
- The University Counselling Service also offers a free and confidential service to all students.
You can also look at the guide below, produced by student society Loud and Clear, which talks in more detail about how to deal with sexual harassment and assault. It includes resources for victims, including where to find support and guidance on reporting, and also contains advice for friends, such as how to support someone who has been assaulted, and what not to say.
Consent and Intimacy in Theatre
In collaboration with the Old Vag Club, another student society, Loud and Clear have also produced a set of guidelines around consent in theatre. The ADC is working to formalise its own common practice guide for intimacy and consent across all productions, but the OVC/Loud and Clear resources are an excellent starting point - we've also listed the links they signpost below, as well as the text-only version of the consent guidelines.
- 'Intimacy on Set Guidelines' from Ita O'Brien (Intimacy Coordinator and Movement Director):
- 'Guidelines for Theatrical Intimacy' from Utah Valley University
- 'Guidelines for Rehearsing Material with Sexual Content' from Yale University
- 'The Pillars' (5 Cs) Guide from Intimacy Directors International
Content warning around potentially distressing topics is a really important part of making people feel safe enough to engage with productions, both from an audience perspective and for someone wanting to get involved in the cast/crew. It's important that productions indicate in advance any topics which might cause distress/harm to those engaging with it by content warning any and all material they release around it - for more information on exactly what content warnings are and how they're used, we've put together a guide for using them in Cambridge Theatre, which you can access and download below.
[CW for below guide: this document contains brief mention of multiple distressing topics including but not limited to sexual assault, self-harm, suicide, discrimination/bigotry and death]