What makes me a theatre critic?

I started out as a theatre reviewer/ critic in 2012 when I did the Young Reviewers Chronicle Competition. It was from there that I caught the reviewing bug and started to write about theatre,music and all things Culture for a range of publications and my blog.

So I have been reviewing since 2012, now it is 2017 that is a long time to be writing about theatre. However I still don’t class myself as a professional I am merely a small blogger who likes to write about theatre. I am a nobody in terms of national theatre critics such as Mark Shenton or Lyn Garnder.

It was only recently that I got back into reviewing for my blog as I was not sure if I wanted to have reviews on my blog or even if my blog (or myself) was worthy of having writing reviews.

And  every time I review a show, I find myself questioning who am I to have an opinion of theatre.

Everyone is a critic

 Then again I suppose everyone is a critic, now with social media everyone can tweet an opinion of something and I suppose anyone can have a blog like me and review a show or a piece of music or even a TV drama.

I guess it comes down to what qualifies you as a reviewer, I studied Performance Arts, Dance, Drama and English at school and I have been reviewing over 6 years now. I liked to think that I know my stuff and the more theatre I attend and write about, the more I educate myself in the world of writing about theatre.

Could somebody with no experience or knowledge of theatre review a performance? Thinking about it they probably could but perhaps the quality of the review it not be as strong in comparison to a more experienced critic. And then again, who am I to review theatre, could I be classed of someone with no experience in comparison to a professional?

 

Don’t worry I am not going to stop reviewing theatre on my blog or any other platform, this was just a thought I had about the industry of theatre critics.

What do you think? Are you a fellow theatre critic/reviewer like me how do you feel about your reviews in comparison to professionals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “What makes me a theatre critic?

  1. I’m not a professional but I’d say our views are also valid because if we enjoy there’s a whole group of people who would definitely enjoy it as well. It’s an interesting topic, thanks for sharing.

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      1. Well I’m not sure I mean a professional critic would have seen a lot and would probably recorgnise what others would enjoy, but a random reviewer would just as trustworthy as they would have just watched it for enjoyment.

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      2. So what about myself for example who has been reviewing theatre since 2012 and has been experiencing theatre since I was young. I’d like to think I have an accredited opinion.
        It is interesting you mention critics recognise enjoyment and bloggers watching for enjoyment. It would be interesting to here what you think the role of a theatre critic/ blogger/reviewer is?

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      3. I guess because a critic is doing their job they would have experience in reviewing it, I guess their role is to watch something and make a judgment on how it deserves to be expected

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  2. I started a blog for theatre reviews yesterday and, as soon as I published my first review, I was filled with that fear of being unqualified! But I guess every critic must start from somewhere, and I think we can add so much to discussions because of our differences – our different ages, backgrounds, experience etc. Theatre is for everyone and the reviewing body should reflect that!

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      1. A very succinct review- well written 🙂 well done. Was this your first time at the theatre or seeing Kneehigh? I have seen many of their shows before 🙂 What was your experience at the theatre being press like?

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      2. yes, was my first time seeing Kneehigh but i’d heard quite a lot about them before. What have you seen them in?? And I found it fun but also pretty nerve-wracking and found it quite embarrassing taking notes during the show haha…do you take notes when you review?

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