Telling a Story
A Simple Question
Would you allow dogma to let a story go untold because you could not find a cast or crew who meet all of your requirements with regard to Protected Characteristics and are prepared to potentially sacrifice the ability to ever work in the arts industry again (even if the piece you make barely breaks even ) to meet your desire for some kind of wonderfully ideologically pure production?
We've seen some clear breaches of sense and integrity -such as the Casting decisions in the Film 'Music' that Sia made
We've seen well thought out decisions to case specifically such as the decisions made by Russell T Davies for It's a Sin...
We've seen decisions made to compromise the 'purity' such as the casting of Lara in Girl, oddly enough many of those who attack over the casting in Girl, did so before it was clear just how involved Nora Monsecour was, and rather than listening to a trans women professional dancer they doubled down in their attacks , and decide they had the right not only to speak over Nora , but the right to speak over any and every trans women who dances.
This was in wilfull ignorance of Nora's own experience and the experience of Chase Johnsey with ENB despite the whole hearted support of the company and the apparent support at that time of it's Artistic Director Tamara Rojo *, and the experience of people like Jayna Ledford... One has to ask - If you were a 15/16 year old trans girl in a vocational ballet school would you out yourself ? vs staying stealth / semi stealth and hoping to be able to work in your GCS at the first practicable opportunity along with graduating from Upper school and getting a contract ?
edited to add: It has become apparent across 2021 that Tamara Rojo actively supports trans exclusionary groups, including those who have been adjudicated in a Court of the law to the 'Absurd' and 'Wrong in Law ' or who have recieved Cease and desist notices from the EHRC with regard to cllaiming that 'guidance' they offer is in compliance wit hthe EHRC guidelines