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TOPIC: A note from GC

A note from GC 3 years, 4 months ago #1

Please find below the formal response from GC regarding Spank House. This will be published on the discussion board and in the next Backstage. This is purely a statement, and we do not intend to engage in debate about this, but will happily respond to any queries or concerns via email.

We feel there are factual inaccuracies that have been discussed on social media which could confuse the wider membership.

Primarily, certain accusations have given the impression that GC made the decision to host Spank House and agreed the terms of performance without a democratic mandate. This is not true.

The matter was discussed at length at the GC meeting on May 12, 2015. Concerns and reservations were debated about the matter at the time. The committee voted with a majority to proceed with the production so that we did not remain dark from mid-July through to September. GC acknowledged the preferred option would be for an existing member to direct a show in the traditional way. But due to time constraints, unavailability of rights and lack of willing volunteers – this was not an option.

We accept that communications to the membership about this show were not adequate. Specifically, we agreed but failed to post a briefing on the SLT discussion board and other media. This was a genuine oversight and not a deliberate attempt to keep the membership in the dark, as has been implied. We recognise that by neglecting to inform members in this way, the profit-share agreement in lieu of performance rights was not immediately clear. It has, however, never been TC policy to publish performance rights payments in advance of a show.

It is with great sadness and regret that this situation has arisen. GC, like all who volunteer at the theatre, have the best interests of SLT at heart. Nothing has changed. We are still a theatre run by members for the members. Spank House was a great show and we gained two new members who are already throwing themselves into forthcoming shows. We have four more productions at the Old Fire Station and we are keen to end on a high.

What makes the SLT community so special is that we all pull together, and we need to do this more so in the next two years if we want SLT to continue to thrive.

Sincerely, GC.

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