Mike Ball

The trials and tribulations of employers seeking to keep up with the changing views of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) have been brought to life, as part of an innovative event hosted by our Manchester office.

Our award-winning employment team joined forces with members of Contact theatre’s Creative Experts to translate three appeal decisions into short, improvised pieces. Each scenario depicted real-life employment issues, illustrating recent developments in the law affecting redundancy and restructuring. These were then thrown open to an audience of HR professionals through an informal question and answer session.

The event was held at our King Street offices on 7 November, to coincide with the three day annual CIPD Conference and Exhibition at Manchester Central. The aim was to turn legal authorities into entertaining and informative performances that explained recent changes in the approach required by those businesses facing redundancy situations.

The performances were directed by Contact’s creative mentor, Paul Mayers, and acted out by four members of the Manchester-based theatre – Emma Obita, 27; Jess Buxton, 27; George Oluyinka, 24; and 26-year-old, Jack Egan.

Paul, who devised the pieces in just a matter of weeks, commented: “As Contact’s Creative Experts, we work alongside a number of organisations and businesses across the region, to help build up the skills and talents of young people from a wide range of backgrounds. This event has enabled us to bring to life legal case notes, drawing out the personalities behind the words, in order to create a series of unique and interesting performances.”

Contact Theatre is a multi-disciplinary arts venue in Manchester. Originally a traditional theatre, Contact was rebranded in 1999 as a space specialising in producing work and providing opportunities for young people.

It works with a number of high-profile companies and organisations, including Virgin Trains and the NHS.


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