Playwright Jimmy Murphy, a former member of the Abbey Theatre Advisory Council has this afternoon called for Government to step in to an increasingly bitter war of words at the national theatre.

Speaking on the pavement outside the theatre Murphy was reacting to news that three individual letters of complaint around working conditions, two from former crew members and one from an actor, had been delivered to the Theatre board this week.

Equity, through whom the letters are reported to have been channeled were not able to shed any light on the content of the letters.

The Abbey itself said it did not comment on individual HR matters.

“The allegations hanging over the Abbey risk damaging the great international name and reputation of the Abbey. The Minister and the Arts Council must intervene with immediate effect.

The Abbey has been fighting to contain the damage caused by a letter written in January, signed by over 300 theatre professionals, questioning the Abbey’s approach to skills development, pay and production strategy.

The breadth of complaints was very broad but management have been holding meetings with different groups, including Murphy and other playwrights, to try to resolve the differences.

 


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