Tonic in association with Spark present
A programme of workshops for students of theatre and their teachers, empowering them to examine historic patterns of power-abuse in the theatre industry and challenge harassment today.
“After the Empower sessions, I feel I have gained the tools to navigate my way through difficult situations in the industry. Being able to communicate assertively and stand by my morals is absolutely necessary practice not just for work, but life.”
Third-year Acting student
Through practical exercises, discussion, and creative activities our team of expert facilitators support participants to:
- Understand what within the working practices and culture of theatre has, historically, created opportunity for abuses of power to arise. Then to feel invited to imagine how this could be different
- Reflect on the values they wish to embody in how they conduct themselves and their careers plus practical advice on how to put this into action
- Possess a range of tools through which to navigate challenging situations and to have the confidence to side-step unhealthy or unprofessional ways of working
“I think this was really useful for us all to take stock and look at the way we teach and how that can affect the students not only whilst in our lessons but also for the rest of their lives.”
To discuss bringing Empower to your students and colleagues, contact Vanessa Kang.
New Scripts for Young Actors
Platform is a series of new plays for young actors commissioned by Tonic Theatre and published by Nick Hern Books. Schools and youth theatres told us they struggled to find plays with enough great roles for girls. Our response is Platform, new scripts for young actors with all or mainly female casts which put young women and their stories at the heart of the action.
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the Platform plays. As a youth theatre of over 300, we constantly come up against the gender issue, and it is really refreshing to have plays that cater for mostly female casts, especially ones that are good. And they really are.”
Kate Plumb, Youth Theatre Director, York Theatre Royal
“This play’s been brilliant to work on because it has raised those questions. It’s been an enlightening experience for lots of us – girls as well as guys”
cast member of the National Youth Theatre’s production of Platform title Second Person Narrative
“Platform feels like something that could genuinely change the world. I was desperate for the opportunity to be a part of such a logical, practical and hopeful artistic project that can so clearly and directly impact not solely on gender-equality on stage, but equality worldwide.”
Playwright Joel Horwood, whose play This Changes Everything is part of the Platform series