Down Arabella: Sex­ual rife in TV and the­atre

Cam­paign is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

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wear­ing knick­ers.” Arabella said: “I never used to ca­pit­u­late as a young ac­tress.

“I used to just say noth­ing and then tell my friends all the ap­palling things that had hap­pened, or made jokes about it on stage when I used to do a bit of stand-up.

“By the time I started do­ing The Fast Show, I had fi­nally reached a point in my ca­reer where I felt I was there as an equal mem­ber, so I was not about to just say noth­ing.

“I re­mem­ber think­ing, I’m here, I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to get equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion. But I didn’t. I think it was just that my ‘es­sen­tial­ness’ in the show be­came clearer as the show grew.”

She added: “Even now, with the Me Too cam­paign, the whole glad­i­a­to­rial as­pect of stand-up, which of­ten hap­pens in drink­ing es­tab­lish­ments, lends it­self better to the male cul­ture.

“Women will al­ways have to be that bit harder, be that bit fun­nier.”

Arabella adds that she has hope that the Me Too cam­paign is fi­nally mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the in­dus­try.

She said: “I’m old enough to re­mem­ber when stand-up comics used words like ‘P**i’ and other ap­palling racial ep­i­thets that, to a mid­dle-class, welle­d­u­cated white girl like me, were to­tally un­ac­cept­able.

“Now, 25-30 years on, we’ve come to a place where that sort of thing would ren­der them un­em­ploy­able.

“I like to think we’re sort of in that place now, in terms of women, where peo­ple are start­ing to re­alise not to struc­ture jokes in any way where women are not fully par­tic­i­pant.”

But she added: “As long as men are run­ning most of the in­dus­tries, it’s al­ways go­ing to be eas­ier for the same gen­der to get pur­chase.”

With SUITS YOU Char­lie Fast Show’s and Paul Hig­son, right, be­low White­house, 90s HIT Arabella, main pic, along­side Fast Show stars Si­mon Day, Mark Williams and Caro­line Ah­ern. Pic: Pho­to­shot.

WRITER Arabella cre­ated char­ac­ters

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