Last month, I was invited to the first ever Tonic Awards, which took place at the Mayfair Hotel in London. For those of you who don’t know (where have you been hiding? ), Tonic is an organisation led by Lucy Kerbel and it collaborates with other arts organisations to achieve greater gender equality. On stage, off stage, from the board to freelance artists, Tonic’s scope is far-reaching.
We have been auditioning a lot lately at Chichester Festival Theatre. There’s nothing new there. The season has just kicked off and we have 11 plays and musicals to cast. The first two productions that I’m directing require a wonderful array of music and so we’ve needed to meet a vast range of people with an almost unlikely range of specific skills: a capella singing, instrument playing, choral singing, sight reading, top-notch dancers and, of course, strong actors. Basically, double-triple-threats.
I’m currently working with 52 local youngsters aged between 10 and 19 on the first production of our season: Forty Years On by Alan Bennett. The play is set in a public school on the South Downs, so a large cast of boys is essential. When we published an advertisement in the local press, in the name of fairness, we stressed that this would be an opportunity for girls too, provided they were willing to look like boys.
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