Testimonials

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Stuart Morley

Musical Director & Supervisor

 

Together We Stand is a much needed organisation within our industry. There are enough challenges working in performing arts without the added stress of senseless abuse and bullying, both inside and outside the workplace. The bullying that I personally suffered kicked my confidence and ultimately made me dread going into work. The theatre that I loved became a place where I felt intimidated and insecure, and this undoubtedly negatively impacted my work. Knowing that you’re not alone and that there are people who you can reach out to and talk with is an invaluable step down the road to recovery. I’m so grateful to Kelly for founding this organisation and I’m very proud to be a patron of Together We Stand.

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Vivien Care

Head of Musical Theatre programmes, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Now, more than ever; even in a post #metoo landscape, which still reports misconduct in our industry and training environments, we need the voice of Together We Stand UK, so determinedly led by Kelly Everitt. Driving lasting and meaningful change to eradicate a long-standing culture of bullying and sexualised harrassment begins with supporting and believing victims of abuse at all levels within the arts. It necessitates working together bravely across the sector to dismantle the structures that enable the behaviour to continue. Only by supporting victims, sharing experiences, speaking out and standing on the side of fairness and respect can we empower healthy and safe creative futures.

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David Harrington

Composer/Arranger & Musical Director

 

'Together We Stand' is a tremendously helpful, hardworking and approachable asset in the fight against injustice, mistreatment and trauma of all kinds in the arts sector.

I have encountered many performers and artists who have been subject to harassment and abuse in this industry and it is heartwarming to know that this organisation exists to give a helping hand to all individuals who may not otherwise know who to speak up to. There is no place for abuse in the arts or anywhere else for that matter. Kelly is a hero for her strength and initiative.

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Leanne Everitt

Television Actress

 

The organisation is run by my sister Kelly and from the moment I heard the approach and how this organisation was going to help, I was 100% behind it.

I am an actress and a regular teacher at performing arts colleges so I have a duty to look out for students who are about to graduate into this industry as well as my own safety and protection.

I have the privilege of working in an amazing industry but unfortunately there is a small pool of men and women who abuse their position. This is not ok and it's time we all stand together to protect people from further abuse. 

I am proud to support Together We Stand UK, it's time to make a change, stand up and speak out!

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George Strickland

Musical Director

 

Together We Stand UK is a fantastic organisation challenging behaviours within our industry which are often swept under the carpet or even blindly accepted. Everyone has the right to work in this (already difficult) industry without the added burden of bullying, harassment or discrimination and Kelly has created a vital platform in increasing awareness and empowering positive change. Thank you!

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JBR

JBR Management

 

Kelly is a good friend and colleague. I've known and admired her work in the industry for years. She has always been such a light and a beacon of support for everyone she comes into contact with. When she first shared her story with me about the abuse she had endured during all the time I knew her I was stunned; she had always presented an outgoing, bubbly "everything is wonderful" public face to the world. The damage is not always visible. 

Watching Kelly launch TWS and step into her light has been remarkable. I am so proud to know her and so proud of the work she has done. 

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Dollie Henry

Artistic Director BOP Jazz Theatre Company (UK), Creative Jazz Artist, Choreographer, Educator.

 

We all have the right to speak our truth and have our word, accepted and acknowledged. Whenever we challenge that which is inappropriate or unacceptable, there will always be consequences. But if we talk from the TRUTH, this is taking power back into our own hands and then it's what we do with that power to change the situation.

My own experiences in life, and particularly in my career as a creative artist and practitioner, has been bombarded by situations that I wondered how I got through and still continue! 

Many of us go through situations of being bullied and abused, having to deal with racism and inequality, inappropriate language and behaviour and often have to watch those individuals that turn a blind eye for the benefit of their own agenda. Many of us feel the oppression and depression that comes with not being able to talk or be believed or more importantly being heard. It really does not have to be like this if we do … STAND UP and REACH OUT to each other.

 

Let’s be realistic and honest, we know the world we all live and work in, is far from fair and equal, often unsafe and very unpredictable and certainly not regulated to support with real action. Kelly has created a space for everyone, a support network, a safe space and place that shares a philosophy that reminds us, that in our Performing Arts Industry we do not have to go it alone.  Thank you and Bravo Kelly, from making your truth and vision available for us all to tap into. We all need to … TALK IT, UPHOLD IT and then CHANGE IT and we can only do that if … TOGETHER WE STAND"

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Tim McArthur

Director, Presenter and Actor

 

Looking back on my career there have been times when I have been bullied, victimised for my sexuality and made to feel inadequate by an individual or persons in power. I had no where to go to, no one to talk to and no to help me. I was scared to speak out, in case I would never work again or been seen to be "difficult" and have a "bad reputation" within the industry. Now is the time!. Time for change. Time to stand up! Time to be safe, to create and thrive.

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Ben Morris

West End Actor

 

 

"Don't say anything.

Don't be a burden.

Be professional.

Be upbeat, fun, positive. No drama'

It can be hard for many people to function day to day in a creative environment, under the pressures associated with presenting an attractive and successful front. For too long, those who were suffering felt as though they had nowhere to turn and that the suppression of their suffering was vital to their employability.

The world needs to change. The way we view those who suffer from abuse needs to change. The way we support them and give them a voice is changing, finally.

I'm extremely proud Kelly and thrilled that Together We Stand UK is here.

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Francis Goodhand

Musical Director

 

Together We Stand UK provides a timely and invaluable resource for all of us working in creative industries. It offers a 'first port of call', the ability to be able to speak with and in confidence, and the chance to share and learn from our own and others' experiences, as we strive for process, regulation and fairness.

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Robbie O'Reilly

Artistic Director

Choreographer

 

I am lucky to have known Kelly for quite a few years now and she has been and is working in many areas within our industry , which can be challenging at the best of times .

'Together we stand ' is a much needed organisation as it will give those who need help a voice and to provide a safe space for those voices to be heard in a confidential and supportive environment. No one should have to live in fear, be bullied or abused and shouldn't be scared to speak up if they have been subjected to this behaviour.

I whole heartedly support 'Together We Stand" and I hope we can support each other to bring about change for a better and brighter future for all!

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Nic Greenshields

West End Actor

 

Kelly is an inspirational woman and I applaud her for her commitment to helping others who may need a safe space to share their experiences and reach out in their time of need. 

No-one should ever be made to feel inadequate or be a victim of any kind of abuse. It's time for us all to stand together and I am confident that all of the West End and beyond will do this to help others.

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Helen French

Actress/Vocal Coach

 

Everyone has the right to feel safe in their work environment. It should be a given! I find it utterly terrifying that this isn’t always the case and we are unfortunately in need of this organisation. I champion the work that Kelly is doing and truly hope that this platform provides a voice for those who may not have otherwise had the courage to step forward! Enough is enough. It’s time to make a change. Together we Stand UK has my full support.

 

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Naomi Pohl

Deputy General Secretary

The Musicians Union

 

Together We Stand UK is a fantastic initiative seeking to both support survivors and drive change. It was born from lived experience and a desire to help and protect others. We must prevent abuse, make society safer for women - and everyone -  and tackle injustice wherever we find it. That's what Kelly os working towards and I'm right behind her. I look forward to campaigning together.

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Charlie Ingles

Musical Director

Together We Stand UK is a much needed organisation in an industry that still to this day can lead people to a sense of anxiety, uncomfortableness, stress and sadly bullying. I still to this day enter a rehearsal room with a sense of anxiety; with the unknown of a new company, new people and new personalities. I believe this feeling is mutually felt across a whole company, new people in all departments and all roles. It's important that actively talk about anxieties, issues, problems and always keep safe spaces for everyone to talk out whenever they feel they need to. It not only creates a much more positive working environment for this wonderful industry we all work within, it ultimately shines through into all the shows that we are so blessed to create and spread the important message within. I am so grateful for Kelly starting this organisation and to share my words amongst such fantastic colleagues to make sure that we continue to move forward in a positive, healthy and safe environment in the future.

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Craig Ryder

Actor, Agent and Writer

 

Never has there been a more important time for a movement like Together We Stand UK. 

It is everybody's human right to feel safe and respected - especially in the workplace.

In our industry people are often regarded as difficult if they appear to stand up for themselves and for what they believe is right. This attitude generally dissuades people from coming forward to voice any concerns.

I am proud to support Kelly and Together We Stand UK, giving everyone the opportunity to speak out in a quest for fairness, kindness and equality.

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Senay Taorimna

Agent

The Dark Horse Agency

Together We Stand UK is a much needed platform within the industry and Kelly has done an incredible job of raising awareness and a space for artists to feel safe and supported.

Never has there been a more important time for the silence to be broken on this issue.

Kelly's dedication and energy that she is pouring into this organisation is second to none and I have no doubt it will pave the way for change in the industry.

No one should feel ashamed or unworthy of bringing these issues into the open. There have been individuals who have abused their power for too long and its time for change.

I am so proud to support TOGETHER WE STAND UK and Kelly you are a true inspiration.

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Simon Mayhew

Agent & Company Director

Collective Agents

 

Being asked to be a patron was for “Together we stand” was a really special moment for me. It opened up my eyes to how important this is and how important it is actors to have someone to speak to. Already I have been able to help clients and point them in the right direction for advice. Long may this continue for the greater good. 

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Katy Wale

Agent at Vivienne Clore

 

Kelly is a lovely friend and someone I work with a lot in our industry. Her energy, positivity and warmth comes across the moment you meet her.

During lockdown, Kelly shared her experience with me and it was shocking.

Just because someone is upbeat and full of joy, you never know what they are going through either behind closed doors or within themselves emotionally.

When she told me about TSWUK, I felt extremely proud and completely inspired.

It's important, it's necessary and change is needed. I believe in her and the work she is doing.

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Michelle Pentecost

West End Actress

 

Don't let someone who did you wrong make you feel like there's something wrong with you.

Together We Stand UK is a safe space for anyone who has been or is currently a victim of abuse. No one should be put through this hell.

Don't devalue yourself because they didn't value you.

I fully support the amazing work that this organisation is doing to help people find their self worth again.

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Gemma O'Duffy

West End Actress

Together We Stand UK is an incredibly important organisation and run by the formidable and inspiring Kelly Everitt.

I have worked in the industry both on stage and within education for over 15 years and there has most certainly needed to be a safe space for anyone to seek help from abuse of any kind.

I have had too many students who have suffered and continue to suffered and continue to suffer the physical and emotional scars of abuse and harassment from their peers or those in positions of power. This organisation will enable their voices to be heard and will ensure a safe space to do so.