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Our ColourBrave discussion at The Old Vic

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Tilly Harries, Director, PwC

Tonight we’re at The Old Vic, a theatre which PwC has a long-standing relationship with. The purpose for tonight is to celebrate a year on from PwC setting up the ColourBrave charity committee. We’re here to see A Number, featuring Paapa Essiedu and Lennie James. And tonight is really about celebrating black talent, promoting diversity, equality and inclusion.

Shonagh Reid, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, The Old Vic

Our current play A Number, Is cast purely with people from global majority and previously it’s been a white cast. This is really exciting and a really good example of how you can push barriers and challenge traditional ways of working in the theatre.

Richard Pepple, Actor

I came to see this play 20 years ago when I was a young student and it was just a pleasure to see you two, you know two guys that look like myself performing that same role.

Michele Salter, Sickle Cell Society

The Q and A threw up much really around the whole issue of diversity and prejudices relating to colour as the play itself.

Ademola Adeyeba, 1000 Young Black Boys

Imagine more incredible young black men young black boys doing things like that that inspire all of us and move all of us - that’s our vision and that’s why we came along tonight.

Shonagh Reid

We’re really passionate about making sure that everyone can attend the theatre and that it is accessible regardless of your socio-economic background. We share that passion with PwC and we are really proud of the £10 ticket scheme which breaks down barriers and makes sure that everyone has the ability to attend the theatre.

Kevin Ellis, Chairman, PwC

Just this event tonight - we’ve given subsidised tickets on the preview nights at £10 per ticket scheme and made theatre available to 3 1/2 thousand people and of those 57% of them have never been to this theatre before so it’s a really good example of accessibility to culture in the UK and particularly in London.

Sarah Churchman, Chief Inclusion, Community and Wellbeing Officer, PwC

This play I think you know it’s a wonderful culmination of so many things that we have been focused on in our firm over the course of the last two years. To have two fabulous black actors on stage very, very visible high-profile individuals, it’s just fabulous. We need visible role models in our lives.

Keir Stephenson, Investment Team, Tenzing

I think the panel session really celebrated equality and diversity and gave us opportunity to learn more about how to bring our authentic selves to work and advocate for young people when we’re in a position of power.

Saye Mkangama, Chair ColourBrave Charity Committee

For me it’s just really important that everyone has PwC get a chance to succeed regardless of the background and it’s brilliant to be working with an organisation that supports me in doing that and support others in doing that.

More on our ColourBrave Charity Committee

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