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Tonic Awards to celebrate women in theatre

Lucy Kerbel. Photo: Eliza Power Tonic Theatre director Lucy Kerbel. Photo: Eliza Power
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An awards ceremony celebrating “game-changing women” who are redefining theatre will launch in March, hosted by broadcaster Jenni Murray.

The Tonic Awards have been created by Tonic Theatre, with the first taking place on March 29 at the Mayfair Theatre, in the Mayfair Hotel.

Lucy Kerbel, director of Tonic, said the awards would celebrate the “achievements of women who are changing the face of our theatre industry”, as well as projects and productions that are “redefining the role of women in the performing arts”.

“We wanted to create the awards so that the amazing contributions of women to theatre are highlighted publicly, not just the doom and gloom stories about under-representation, and so that younger women in particular have visible role models to aspire to,” she said.

Last year, Tonic published research that pointed towards the “systemic gender imbalance” within the theatre industry.

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