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Come one, come all? Responding to the Telegraph’s anti-arts funding blog

In Features, Opinion by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

This evening was set aside to write up my experience at the World Premiere of the utterly delightful Bedtime Stories from Upswing that I saw this afternoon.  Until I got home to find notifications of the #tigerdouglas scandal on Twitter. At first appearances, this is self-confessed traditional circus super-fan Douglas McPherson condemning all forms of public performing […]






Come one, come all? Responding to the Telegraph’s anti-arts funding blog

In Features, Opinion by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

This evening was set aside to write up my experience at the World Premiere of the utterly delightful Bedtime Stories from Upswing that I saw this afternoon.  Until I got home to find notifications of the #tigerdouglas scandal on Twitter. At first appearances, this is self-confessed traditional circus super-fan Douglas McPherson condemning all forms of public performing […]






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The past, present and future of theatre criticism

In Features, Opinion by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

Mark has been taking part in a workshop as part of the Young Critics programme held at Winchester’s Theatre Royal. He gave the following speech to young critics on 4 April 2015.  


No one ever built a statue to a critic, it was once famously said, but in 2013 two critics received OBE’s in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Michael Billington and Philip French, theatre and film critics for The Guardian and The Observer,were honoured after writing reviews in their particular disciplines for a 100 years between them. And in New York, there are not one but two Broadway theatres named after critics, Brooks Atkinson (pictured left) and Walter Kerr. We don’t yet have a Ken Tynan or even a Jack Tinker Theatre here, let alone a Billington.

And 2013 marked another centenary: that of the Critics’ Circle itself. So critics have been around for a long time, and are still having a demonstrable influence in setting the cultural agendas of the areas they cover. But will they be around much longer?

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Critics and bloggers should stop clashing and start making a new living

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

I am fascinated and slightly bemused by the ongoing battle raging around theatre criticism – i.e. the one in which serious print critics are “dying” in favour of bloggers and the Twittersphere – which had swords being drawn yet again this week by recently-removed Sunday Telegraph critic Tim Walker’s howl of despair in the Guardian. Telling off […]