Saturday 17 August 2019

Board of Gate initiates review into allegations

The Gate Theatre
The Gate Theatre
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The board of the Gate Theatre is taking allegations and reports of inappropriate behaviour levied at its former artistic director Michael Colgan "extremely seriously".

A number of women, including former employees of the theatre, have made claims about Mr Colgan's behaviour.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Gate's board said: "It is essential to the Gate's culture, and its future, that anyone who works for it, or has any dealings with it, is treated with respect and is not subjected to harassment, bullying or discrimination of any type."

Yesterday, the board announced that Gaye Cunningham, a Rights Commissioner since 2008, would have responsibility in conducting "an independent review of the matter and deal in a confidential and transparent manner with any complaints forthcoming".

Cunningham is scheduled to report back to the Gate's board in January.

Last night, playwright and director Grace Dyas, who first spoke out about Mr Colgan, said while she believed Ms Cunningham was more than "capable" of carrying out the review, she had lost trust in the board's impartiality.

Irish Independent

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