Network of Independent Critics
Just ONE DAY Left in Crowdfunding Campaign
Founded in early 2016 by regular My Theatre Mates contributors Katharine Kavanagh and Laura Kressly, the Network of Independent Critics exists to champion quality arts writing outside of the mainstream press. They have selected 21 experienced performance critics from an international applicant pool to come to Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a one week stay, and their crowdfunding campaign is now closing.
Through the NIC’s campaign, the critics will benefit from an affordable immersion into the largest arts festival in the world, where they can hone their skills, increase their portfolio and network with their peers. Artists and performers at the festival will benefit from the presence of specialised, knowledgeable writers – who may otherwise find costs of attending prohibitive – that will see and review work that oftentimes falls outside of mainstream publications’ radar. Funds raised will be split equally between participants to go towards living costs in Edinburgh.
With salaried arts critic posts disappearing, the internet offers a direct route to tailored critical coverage for readers. The demand for this work exists, but making independent criticism a sustainable vocation is still a struggle.
The scheme will also include a week of mentorship in reviewing circus for 3 participants, in partnership with TheCircusDiaries.com, the UK’s only publication dedicated to circus critique. Applications for these places will be opening soon.
The critics who have been selected, and their specialist areas of interest, are:
- Amy Stutz – dance and plays with integrated music
- Benjamin Huxley – poetry and spoken word
- Ben Walters – cabaret
- Beth Madeline Iredale – physical theatre and street performance Victoria Durham – work from minority groups
- Callum Moorin – stand up, sketch and musical comedy
- Carl Woodward – work by young people
- Charlotte O’Growney – new musical theatre and small cast shows
- Eda Nacar – BAME performance and classical adaptations
- Fergus Morgan – student and low-budget shows
- James Waygood – LGBT theatre
- Joanna Trainor – In-Yer-Face theatre
- Johnny Fox – new musical theatre
- Kirsty Alexander – children’s theatre
- Lee Anderson – new writing
- Mary Nguyen – opera and musical theatre
- Meaghan McGurgan – work not normally seen in Asia for a Hong Kong readership
- Michael Davis – female-led performance
- Natalie O’Donoghue – drag and cabaret
- Steve Stratford – LGBTQ performance
- Rosie Curtis – experimental performance