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.