Leading theatre publisher Nick Hern Books is to publish 'All Change Please', an empowering guide to achieving gender equality in theatre by Lucy Kerbel, whose organisation Tonic Theatre works on the issue with leading companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House and Sadlers Wells. 'All Change Please' is published 23 February, and features a Foreword by Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.
Eye-opening, empowering and inspiring, All Change Please is a book for anyone who loves theatre. Whether you make it, teach it, watch it or study it, everyone has their own unique part to play in helping refresh, reshape and re-imagine the industry as truly diverse, equal and inclusive.
‘We are the industry. If things will shift it is down to us, all of us, to make that happen. We all need to reflect on how we work, how we think, and how we make choices. That’s what will drive the greatest change.' – Lucy Kerbel
Theatre needs to change. Everywhere – in its boardrooms, on its stages, throughout its repertoires – it could be so much more successful at reflecting the gender balance of the world it seeks to represent. 'All Change Please' 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 organisations run their meetings, or what’s on the shelves of the 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.
The book includes provocations to help readers consider their current practices and their effects, challenge unconscious biases and identify opportunities for change, plus strategies and tools to help them decide where best to focus their efforts, to convince others why change matters, and to achieve meaningful, lasting success.
The book is also supported by a dedicated Twitter account, @allchangebook, where readers are encouraged to share their own experiences, keep up-to-date and promote their own work in boosting gender equality.
‘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.