Last week I received a mysterious invite. “Please join us on 24 October 2018 for drinks to celebrate the launch of a radical new platform for theatre criticism,” it read. That’s intriguing, but not nearly so exciting as the next bit: “…and to find out about Lyn Gardner‘s next step.”
The invite, sent to selected industry professionals, linked through to a dedicated website lynsnextstep.com. I registered to attend and tweeted about #LynsNextStep. With the Twitter frenzy that erupted when the Guardian decided not to renew Lyn’s contract as its long-serving critic, I challenged the Twitterverse to be equally vocal in supporting Lyn’s good news… whatever exactly it might eventually be.
I was heartened – and I know Lyn herself was – by the response.
Just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone for your interest and enthusiasm for #LynsNextStep and say the launch event is full. But very excited that I will soon be able to share future plans with you all. I am very excited.
— lyngardner (@lyngardner) October 5, 2018
Twitter can sometimes be a wonderfully supportive place, after all. Within a few hours, it seems that the event was hugely over-subscribed. On the website, you can now just join the waiting list – and I fear you may be waiting for a long time.
But fear not if you can’t attend, I’ve just got word that I have permission to live-tweet on the night. So do be sure follow @TerriPaddock and @MyTheatreMates from 6pm on Wednesday 24 October – as well as the fantastic teaser hashtag #LynsNextStep. In the meantime, below is a smattering of responses to date.