Learn theatre criticism for free with Middle Child

New Critics Programme. Photo: Sarah Beth.

Do you like to see the latest theatre and live performance and start conversations about what you’ve experienced? Then Middle Child’s New Critics Programme, back for 2019, could be for you.

Applications are now open for the programme, which includes free, half-day workshops with three of the UK’s most widely-read critics, plus funding to review shows in Hull and the wider region.

Workshops will run from Monday 15th July to Wednesday 17th July with Lyn Gardner (The Stage; Stagedoor), Natasha Tripney, (The Stage) and Alice Saville (Time Out; Exeunt Magazine).

The programme began in 2018, sparked by Middle Child’s desire to encourage more discussion about theatre in Hull, and led to the launch of the Hot Potato website.

Since then, Hot Potato has published almost 50 articles by new critics Jack Chamberlain, Michelle Dee and Magda Moses.

Speaking about her experience last year, Magda said: “Since I moved to England I never had the courage to write reviews, especially in English as a second language.

“Thanks to the New Critics Programme I not only learned from some of the key figures in theatre criticism, but also gained the confidence and opportunity to view theatre shows and express my opinion about them, which gives me lots of pleasure and satisfaction.”

This year Middle Child are especially interested to hear from people who use video and podcasting, as well as the written word.

To apply for the New Critics Programme simply send Middle Child a review of something, anything, either published or unpublished, alongside a little detail about yourself and why you’d like to participate before Thursday 1 July.

More details on how to apply are available on the Middle Child website: https://www.middlechildtheatre.co.uk/new-critics-programme/

[Jamie Potter – Middle Child]