Theatre criticism is an important part of our industry. It can help theatre makers to develop as artists, as well as helping audiences find out more about a show. At Northern Stage we value unbiased reviews of our work from a diverse range of critics. We want to support and develop a culture of independent criticism in the North East so we’ve enlisted the help of award-winning theatre critic, Lyn Gardner.

Voted the most trusted reviewer in the UK earlier this year, Lyn Gardner is currently associate editor of The Stage and has written about theatre and performance for The Guardian and The Independent. Awards for her work include: the 2017 Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award for her work on the Edinburgh Fringe, the 2017 UK Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre, and a 2018 Tonic Award.

If you are based in the North East want to get into theatre criticism or develop your critical writing skills; if you’re a journalist or blogger and would value honest feedback on your writing from an experienced critic; if you already write reviews but are keen to hone your skills and get more experience; if you’re trying to increase your blog profile or reach a new audience; if you regularly go to the theatre but have never written a review and you’re not sure where to start; if you would like to be part of or help to develop a network of critics in the region; or if none of the above apply but you really love seeing shows and have opinions, then we want to help!

Your brief will be to attend press night for Under Milk Wood at Northern Stage, take part in a workshop with Lyn and then publish your review by Friday 9 November.

  • Tuesday 6 November, 7.15pm* – press night for Under Milk Wood at Northern Stage
  • Thursday 8 November 12.30-3.30pm – workshop with Lyn Gardner, including 1-2-1 feedback on your draft review**
  • Friday 9 November – publish your review***

*If you can’t make press night you can see the show on Wednesday 7 November at 7.45pm

**If you’re unable to attend or stay for the whole workshop, feedback by email can be arranged

*** If you don’t currently write for a publication or have your own blog, please let us know and we can help to find an independent platform for your review

To apply, please let us know what you would like to get out of the workshop (max. 200 words) and send examples of your writing (e.g. a link to your blog or recent reviews) by 18 October to [email protected]