Tonic Theatre today announce the 2nd annual Tonic Awards, celebrating the achievements of game-changing women in theatre and the performing arts. The ceremony, which launched last year returns to the May Fair Theatre, at the May Fair Hotel on Monday 19 March 2018 hosted once again by Dame Jenni Murray. Attendees will include senior figures from across the theatre industry.
Lucy Kerbel, Director of Tonic, said today: ‘I’m thrilled that the Tonic Awards are returning in 2018, to celebrate the achievements of another cohort of women whose work redefines the role of women in the performing arts, and changes the stories we see on stage. As well as pushing for further change, we need to recognise those at the top of their game, in particular so young women have role models to aspire to. After the success of last year’s Awards, I look forward to another celebratory evening which will hopefully also spark conversation about where we go next, and how we can support each other to get there.’
Sita McIntosh, Chair of Tonic’s Board of Trustees, said: ‘Tonic’s work has always been about shining a light on the success stories, as well as driving for greater representation of women at senior levels in the industry. Last year’s Awards were so inspiring, and I look forward to celebrating another extraordinary group of women at the forefront of our industry.’
Dame Jenni Murray, said today: ‘I’m delighted to be asked to present the Tonic Awards for a second time. It’s wonderful to see the important contribution women make to British theatre celebrated in this way’.
Last year’s inaugural Tonic Awards brought together figures from across the industry to celebrate women who are game-changers within the industry, and significant organisations, projects and productions that redefined the role of women in the performing arts, both on and off stage.
Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court, said at last year’s awards: ‘To get to these awards, and to have all these people in this room celebrating inclusion and diversity and new voices is really radical, and also does show that we are part of a shift which I hope will be a tipping point that we won’t go back from. It really feels like the revolution has started’.