A Practical Guide to Achieving Gender Equality in Theatre
By Lucy Kerbel
Foreword by Rufus Norris
Published by Nick Hern Books
“Lucy Kerbel’s work has become increasingly pivotal in helping the entire industry raise its game… this illuminating book answers the cynic, informs the impartial, converts the supporter into an activist and equips them all; not in a rallying cry of anger-fuelled idealism, but in a calm, pragmatic and clear-eyed way.”
Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, from his Foreword
Theatre needs to change. Everywhere – in its boardrooms, on its stages, throughout its repertoires – it could be so much more successful at reflecting the gender balance of the world it seeks to represent.
This is a book about why change matters, its benefits – artistic, commercial, ethical and social – and how, with everyone’s help, we can actually achieve it. From small shifts, such as how you run your meetings, or what’s on the shelves of your school library, to rethinking concepts as huge as the art we inherit, how we attribute excellence, and the constraints we unwittingly pass on to the next generation, there are things we can all do to bring about change.
In this book, you’ll find provocations to help you consider your current practices and their effects, challenge unconscious biases and identify opportunities for change, plus strategies and tools to help you decide where best to focus your efforts, to convince others why change matters, and to achieve meaningful, lasting success.
Eye-opening, empowering and inspiring, All Change Please is a book for anyone who loves theatre. Whether you make it, teach it, watch it or study it, everyone has their own unique part to play in helping refresh, reshape and re-imagine the industry as truly diverse, equal and inclusive.
“We are the industry. If things will shift it is down to us, all of us, to make that happen. We all need to reflect on how we work, how we think, and how we make choices. That’s what will drive the greatest change.”
Since 2011, Lucy Kerbel and Tonic have been working with companies and individuals across the theatre industry to support them in achieving greater gender equality in their work and workforces. Her first book, 100 Great Plays for Women, is also published by Nick Hern Books.