Men paid 60pc more than women at Ed­in­burgh Fringe

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Re­porter

MALE per­form­ers at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val are earn­ing an av­er­age of 60 per cent more than their fe­male coun­ter­parts – de­spite women “dom­i­nat­ing” the event, statis­tics re­veal.

Re­search shows that women are paid nearly £200 less than men at the Au­gust fes­ti­val. Pay for fringe work­ers both on and off stage av­er­aged out at £523 for men and £326 for women.

The gen­der pay gap is around seven times the na­tional av­er­age, ac­cord­ing to ac­tivist theatre com­pany Power Play, which car­ried out the study.

The re­port also re­vealed that women made up 60 per cent of all theatre work­ers, and nearly a third of those tak­ing part at the Fringe are un­paid.

A spokesman for Power Play said: “Th­ese find­ings add to a wider pic­ture of the struc­tural prac­tices that both limit ac­cess to theatre and pre­vent women from be­ing re­warded for their work and tal­ent on a par with men.

“Th­ese sys­temic prob­lems … are al­ready dis­cernible at the Fringe, where we see the pat­tern of women’s work be­ing un­der­val­ued and un­der-re­warded.”

The re­search, which ex­am­ined data re­lat­ing to nearly 1,500 Fringe work­ers, was com­piled in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe So­ci­ety and the Plea­sance, one of the event’s big­gest venues.

Shona Mc­carthy, of the Fringe So­ci­ety, said: “The Fringe needs to do more to iden­tify bar­ri­ers to pro­gres­sion for women. As a non-funded, open-ac­cess fes­ti­val, the Fringe is a vi­tal spring­board for artists of all back­grounds. We are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able to ev­ery­one.”

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