Saturday 20 October 2018

'His behaviour was more than politically incorrect. I think it was abusive' - Grace Dyas on Michael Colgan's apology

Grace Dyas Credit: TV3 Sunday Show/screengrab
Grace Dyas Credit: TV3 Sunday Show/screengrab
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Grace Dyas has said that she does not accept Michael Colgan's apology following allegations of inappropriate behaviour and abuse of power against him.

In an article in today's Sunday Independent, the former artistic director of the Gate Theatre says that he has been shocked and deeply distressed at the impact of his behaviour, and suggests that the problem lay in the obscuring of the lines "between my work and my life".

Theatre director and arts practitioner Ms Dyas said that she doesn't accept "the premise of the apology" as there are elements in the apology "that aren't telling the whole truth".

"I believe that he was made aware by several people in his organisation over the course of his tenure that his behaviour was inappropriate," Ms Dyas told Sarah McInerney on TV3's The Sunday Show.

"I myself told him that it was inappropriate on the night in question in the Oak Bar. I said 'Michael you can't speak to me that way'. Other people at the table also told him that what he was saying was wrong and inappropriate and an abuse of his power in the situation."

A number of women, including former employees of the theatre, have made claims about Colgan’s behaviour, ranging from verbal harassment to inappropriate behaviour.

Former Director of the Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan
Former Director of the Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan

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Mr Colgan said he failed to see and should have "respected the difference" between friends and employees.

"But realising that I have been responsible for causing distress to some of those with whom I worked so closely with has shocked me, I am truly sorry," he writes.

In the piece, he said his behaviour should not be equated with "sexual crimes" and he took "serious issue" with much of the recent press and social media references to him.

Ms Dyas was the first woman to speak out and told RTÉ that Mr Colgan said to her: “You’ve lost so much weight, I’d almost have sex with you.”

Ms Dyas said that it was "interesting" that Mr Colgan used the argument of "political correctness to downplay his behaviour".

Grace Dyas. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Grace Dyas. Photo: Gerry Mooney.

"I think his behaviour was more than politically incorrect. I think it was abusive, I think he was bullying."

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