What We Did
Tonic met with and interviewed a range of female artists who have been involved in Cast since we opened, speaking with them about their experiences with us and what more they would like to have access in to in terms of their development here. They also interviewed women who had been involved in artist development structures in theatres and performing arts organisations across the country. This enabled us to look to longer-running artist development programmes to learn what had worked well and what less so.
They spoke to women who were in the early stages of their careers – just encountering artist development programmes for the first time – as well as those who were far more established in their careers, so they could reflect on what, looking back, had or hadn’t been useful to them at key points along the way: what had made the difference in a positive way? Where had they felt they’d stalled or fallen between the gaps? What, in hindsight, do they wish had been in place to help with this?