Advance Notice

Bush-Bailey, Gilli (2014) Advance Notice. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 34 (2). pp. 111-114. ISSN 1468-2761


This note provides a brief introduction to Advance, a project currently being tracked and documented by a research team from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. I am joined by Dr Katharine Low and Dr Sarah Grochala who bring their separate expertise and interest in documenting practices from applied theatre, playwriting and performance to our collaboration with industry partners Tonic Theatre. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Advance is working with (and for) 11 leading theatre companies across England, facilitating reflection and knowledge exchange on the means to achieve greater gender equality in the theatre industry’s workforces and repertoires. A full report on Tonic’s work through Advance will be published later in the year. What follows is not, therefore, an assessment but a pause in the process of critical documentation, a reflection on the terms by which questions on the present project, and projects undertaken within the recent past, might be seen to interact. It hopes to link to earlier key moments, to raise queries and to take notes from colleagues, who are cordially invited to respond to me rather than to Tonic Theatre or the participating companies. For a list of these companies see


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