We Increase Roles for Women in Drama

Women and girls buy the majority of theatre tickets, make up half the acting profession and form the healthiest proportion of just about any amateur dramatic society or youth theatre (besides making up more than half the population!)

Despite this, they have traditionally been underrepresented on stage. Tonic provides tools so anyone who puts on plays can easily locate top quality material that stretches their actresses and showcases the full range of women’s experience.

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100 Great Plays for Women

Putting Women Centre Stage

100 Great Plays for Women is an inspiring guide to a hundred plays that put female performers centre stage, dispelling the myth that ‘there aren’t any good plays for women’. Written by Tonic’s Director Lucy Kerbel, the book features compact and insightful introductions to 100 plays, each of which has an entirely or predominantly female cast, with the female characters taking an equal or decisive role in driving the on-stage action.



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.