We Support Organisations to Achieve Change

Tonic’s approach involves getting to grips with the principles that lie beneath how our industry functions – our working methods, decision-making processes, and organisational structures – and identifying how, in their current form, these can create barriers. Once we have done that, we devise practical yet imaginative alternative approaches and work with our partners to trial and deliver them.

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What We Do

Research Studies

Tonic conducts research on behalf of organisations, helping them to understand where imbalances exist within their work and why. Through a combination of qualitative and quantitative research we provide organisations with a clear sense of where pressure points lie while making achievable recommendations for change.

Consultancy and Change Management

From long-term residencies embedded within organisations to ‘light touch’ consultative support, we provide a range of service that support organisations to close the gap between where they are and where they want to be.

Board Training

Buy in from Boards is crucial if change is to be achieved. Tonic provides bespoke training for Boards which informs, inspires, and empowers Trustees to confidently place equality and diversity at the heart of their governance.


Tonic can facilitate staff workshops and provide training on a range of topics including unconscious bias, mindfulness of equality and diversity while recruiting, and planning and implementing internal change. We can tailor our facilitation work to the needs of individual organisations and are happy to receive requests for one-off workshops or a series of sessions.


To discuss how Tonic could work with your organisation, contact Lucy Kerbel.


Advance Network

Following the successful collaboration between leading performing arts organisations and Tonic in the 2014 and 2016 Advance programmes, Tonic presents the Advance Network – A four-year programme of activities, training, provocation and support led by the team at Tonic.

Bringing together staff members from 16 prolific performing arts organisations across England, the Network is designed to enhance each organisation’s work on increasing opportunities for, and representation of women over the course of the 2018 – 2022 National Portfolio cycle.



Advance is a six-month programme designed and led by Tonic Theatre. Bringing together cohorts of leading performing arts organisations, we support them to understand the root causes behind gender imbalances within their own companies and art forms, and provide them with the tools by which they can achieve meaningful change. Read about Advance in the Guardian print and Guardian online or find out more at the Advance website.

“One of the most empowering and significant exercises in looking at equality that I have experienced”
– Erica Whyman, Royal Shakespeare Company Deputy Artistic Director

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