the Purpose of the meeting in parliament was to resume the discussion about the working environment at the national, but also in the performing arts sector at large. The notice from the committee went out in early april, days before the news came to the royal Dramatic theatre's theatre director Eirik Stubø would leave the job and be replaced by Maria Groop Russell, the former vice president.
"It was an open and constructive conversation about how the royal dramatic theatre has worked with a variety of safety and health at work the last year and a half and now, what is the priority ahead,"' says the royal Dramatic theatre's chairman of the board Ulrika Årehed Kågström, in a written statement to DN.
the culture committee chairman Christer Nylander (L) says he is satisfied with the meeting.
– We've got answers to many questions. There is a lot left to do so clearly, and all involved understand that this is a tough situation. I think they responded well to the questions I had, " says Christer Nylander.
– They may themselves respond to it, but it's all about how you look to preserve confidence in a national institution that is very important for Sweden and for the art of theatre. And how to handle the stories and the situation that has arisen in recent weeks but that has also been a recurring problem for quite a long time.
at the royal dramatic theatre has been highlighted on several occasions in the last month. DN has among other things been able to reveal the content of internal documents where teaterledning and the board of directors received warnings about the problems, including a report from occupational health that they were ”sincerely concerned about employee health and how this organization continue to deliver the theatre without serious incidents from occurring”.
– Based on what the chairman of the board reflected on what has been done in the last two years, I think it felt honest and intimate. I think she gave a good picture, but I look forward that we will meet the Swedish theatre union next week to hear about the verifies the image, " says Lars Mejern Larsson (S), a member of the kulturskottet.
that culture already nine years ago, in april 2010, held a public hearing with the then heads of the nationalscenerna force the work against sexual harassment and abuse. Even in connection with, and in the months after, metoorörelsen invited kulturskottet to several meetings.
" this is about a nine-year-long timeline, and I think the criticism of the Dramatic action has been justified. It is a work that started long before metoo, but it has not reached to the result that was required back then. We will not let go of this issue, " says Lars Mejern Larsson.