Equality Statement

Revised and approved January 2021

Summary Statement

HighTide’s mission is to commission, develop and produce new writing in East Anglia and across the UK. We discover new talent, provide creative development opportunities for playwrights and other creatives, and stage high quality theatre productions both in our region and nationally. We enable new and underrepresented playwrights to express their visions of contemporary politics and society, demonstrate their potential, and in doing so we showcase the future of theatre.

HighTide commits to preventing discrimination and fostering equal opportunities. We do not work with organisations or individuals who do not reflect our commitment to equal opportunities and to eradicating racism in our industry.

Working for us

HighTide is an equal opportunity employer. Denying any employee or prospective employee their right to equal opportunity in the workplace is tantamount to discrimination, which is considered unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.

HighTide is committed to ensuring that recruitment procedures meet the standards of the Equality Act 2010.

Workforce Diversity

HighTide recognises the need for equality in the culture of the United Kingdom and celebrates our cultural diversity as a source of creativity, fresh perspectives and renewal; we ensure that diversity is an integral part of our artistic and company process.

We will take positive action where required to actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, so that staff will better represent the demography of the communities served.

HighTide is committed to providing equal opportunity in recruitment, promotion and training and development by ensuring that applicants for employment and candidates for transfer and promotion are considered on the basis of the relevant qualifications, skills, aptitudes and abilities they possess.

Creative Case 

HighTide wants to make a positive contribution towards the Creative Case for Diversity responding to issues around race, ethnicity, faith, disability, age, gender, sexuality, class and economic disadvantage and any social and institutional barriers that prevent people from participating in and enjoying the arts.

HighTide will continue to develop and programme diverse artists and will continue to work with a range of partners based on the belief that promoting a diverse working environment produces a creative dynamic that fuels innovation. We will foster relationships with practitioners who bring alternative methodologies and perspectives into the organisation.

HighTide wants to remove barriers to participation and engagement so that we can promote and produce new voices, find new ways of accessible storytelling and work with partners who can help us grow our ability to reach and encourage new people to the arts and share good practice.

HighTide is committed to presenting work in rural Suffolk, where sections of the local demographic experience rural and urban socio-economic deprivation, as well as offering opportunities to young people in rural areas whom do not have the same access to the arts as young people in urban areas.

HighTide is committed to an open, inclusive and democratic relationship with its audiences through all its engagement. HighTide aspires to inspire and engage each community that we work in and develop and strengthen those links over time.

We will continue to programme work that challenges attitudes of our audience, seeking out work that presents different stories and narratives.

Governance

HighTide works with its Board of Trustees to monitor equality across the organisation, programming and engagement. Board members serve five year terms.

Stakeholders

HighTide has a commitment to collaborative partnership and stakeholder relationships that diversify and enrich the organisation and the experience of our audiences.

We are supported by a diverse range of funders which enables a broad and collaborative programme of work. Our major stakeholder is Arts Council England.

Policy in Action

HighTide has a comprehensive Company handbook and internal policies which support all areas of our work and are compliant with best practice and legislation.