Plays and resources

Tonic wants to drive the widest possible change across theatre and beyond. We create tools and resources so that anyone – regardless of their role, level of seniority, or geographical location – can be a part of this.

For anyone who wants to increase opportunities for girls and young women in youth drama


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.

To find out more about the Platform Plays, to read extracts, or to buy the scripts at a specially reduced rate, visit

“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

For anyone who wants to achieve greater gender equality in theatre

All Change Please

A Practical Guide to Achieving Gender Equality in Theatre

By Lucy Kerbel
Foreword by Rufus Norris
Published by Nick Hern Books

Written by Tonic’s Director Lucy Kerbel with a foreword by National Theatre Director Rufus Norris, 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.


“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

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For anyone looking for great plays for women

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.

100 Great Plays for Women celebrates the wealth of drama available for women to perform and is an indispensable reference tool for directors, producers, performers, teachers, and students of drama everywhere.

“A gem of a book… Lucy Kerbel has done hard-working directors and artistic directors, of spaces large and small, a great service.”
Kate Mosse, from her foreword

“essential… impressive scope and sweep… exhilarating. With luck, theatres will take note and playwrights will be inspired.”
Times Literary Supplement

“Rich and rewarding… this is an intelligently assembled collection, each play insightfully interrogated, its claims for inclusion persuasively argued. Producers, directors and actors will find much here to intrigue and excite.”
The Stage

100 Great Plays for Women is published by Nick Hern Books. Read about 100 Great Plays for Women in the Evening Standard.

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