Race and Allyship – an Introduction

Crafted specifically for the arts and cultural sector and made in collaboration with Maya Productions, this session is for organisations looking to give space to a holistic conversation about race within the arts; to consider what privilege means in this context, and how we can all be better allies for each other to change the sector for the better.

Available as

  • In-person training


  • Delivered as a 3.5 hour session


  • Maximum 20 participants
  • Ability to tailor for you

Want to learn more? Read on for detailed information about the course. Contact our team on info@tonictheatre.co.uk or make an enquiry for further information and bookings.

Why train with Tonic? We are a leading EDI training provider, offering courses designed specifically for the arts and creative environments. But crucially, each time you book a course with Tonic you also help support our work driving change across the industry. Win, win.

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About the Course

This session is about beginning a conversation on race and allyship. With examples from the arts and cultural sector, participants will be given clear definitions of racism in many of its forms and be encouraged to think about what allyship in action can look like. Facilitated with a great level of care, it will ensure that both participants who have and have not experienced racism will come to a shared level of understanding and awareness of this topic. Participants will be encouraged to employ active listening and collectively work through scenarios specific to the arts. We provide participants with the necessary tools to have constructive conversations and support each other to achieve lasting change on this topic.  

The session takes the form of an interactive workshop, featuring a combination of group, pair, and solo working that encourages active learning through participation and engagement in structured discussions and exercises.

workshop participants in a group discussion
Tonic Advance Network workshop led by Lucy Kerbel and Vicky Long at the Umbrella Rooms, London. Photo by Stephen Wright.

What we’ll cover

  • What allyship is
  • Why terminology is important
  • Different forms of racism
  • Intersectionality and privilege
  • Active listening
  • Individual toolkit and scenarios

You’ll come away with

  • An understanding of how different forms of racism manifests in the arts
  • Comprehension of how allyship is active and how you can enact change
  • A consideration of how intersectionality and privilege play a part in this conversation
  • A set of tools to better enable you to have conversations on race

Course details

  • Available as in-person training
  • Delivered as a 3.5 hour session
  • Maximum 20 participants

Keen to learn more? Make an enquiry or contact our team at info@tonictheatre.co.uk for further information.


Yes, please email info@tonictheatre.co.uk to arrange a time to discuss your needs with a member of the team.

Yes, we would be happy to discuss bundling this course with others that we offer. We can also create bespoke sessions just for you. Find out more on our bespoke training page or email info@tonictheatre.co.uk to discuss what we can do for you.

Make an enquiry

All enquiries welcome! If you are interested in booking this course, or just need some more information, please complete the form below and one of our team will be in touch. Or email us direct at info@tonictheatre.co.uk.

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