Freelance Taskforce Appointment

Freelance Taskforce Appointment

We are pleased to announce Lucy Sheen has been selected to join the Freelance Task Force. She will be tasked with reaching out to the freelancers in our British East and Southeast Asian community and reporting the information she gathers to the task force.

As part of our commitment to signing the Open Letter to Theatre and Peformance Makers in support of freelancers, we are paying for a Lucy to attend the task force, influence the wider conversations and ensure the particular concerns of BESEA artists are heard.

This group of freelancers will form a working group to strengthen the influence of the self-employed theatre and performance community. It will create ongoing points of connection between freelancers and organisations, and amplify the voice of the self-employed in conversations to come.

The strength of any civilised society is reflected in the strength of its culture and performing arts. Freelancers are a vital and essential part of this sector, of this country. It is important that moving forwards out of the pandemic, the arts, theatre, are not left behind, but are given the support that other sectors have received so that we too can do our part in helping to create jobs, work, and great theatre for all to enjoy.

Lucy Sheen
Lucy Sheen

Lucy is an actor, writer, filmmaker, published poet, playwright & non-fiction writer (transracial adoption, cultural dislocation and identity). Her first professional acting credit was the lead opposite David Yip in PING PONG (’86), the first UK feature film to explore the history and challenges facing the British-Chinese community.
Other acting credits: The Good Neighbour (’19), Call The Midwife (’17), Casualty (’17), Something Good: The Mercury Factor (’14), Eastenders (’98), Secrets & Lies (‘96), Julius Caesar, Bristol Old Vic (’87) — the first female British East Asian cast in a major Shakespearian role; Drink the Mercury earnt her a TMA nomination in ‘90. In 2010, Lucy was an OFFIE award nominee, for Hungry Ghosts.
Lucy has been commissioned to write theatre works by Nimble Fish Arts, The Royal Court Theatre, Paines Plough/Tamasha, Komola Collective, ArtsEd, Moongate Productions and Papergrang Theatre.

The Process

We promoted our Freelance Task Force callout as soon as the Open Letter was published, knowing that we would be working at speed to get the group together. The timeline in which we were working allowed for an open callout and an interview stage, and whilst the schedule for the Task Force as a whole was extended, the applications we were receiving were not suitable for any other decision making process without asking for more work from those applying. We received a range of excellent applications and were able to have bigger discussions during the interview process. We interviewed 8 applicants. It was Lucy’s experience in advocacy and her perspectives surrounding the BESEA freelance experience that led us to putting her forward for the Task Force.

An Open Letter to Theatre and Performance Makers

Please read and listen to the open letter that Yellow Earth signed along with many other arts organisation. This describes the mission of the task force and why it is needed.

Listen to: An Open Letter to Theatre and Performance Makers, read by Sarah Niles

To view an easy read version of An Open Letter to Theatre and Peformance Makers, created by Access All Areas, click here.

To view a large print version of the An Open Letter to Theatre and Performance Makers, click here.

An Open Letter to Theatre and Performance Makers BSL, with Nadia Nadarahaj, created by Graeae