Greater Manchester Critics Scheme- OPEN!

This year The Royal Exchange, Contact, HOME and The Lowry have come together to look for eight new critical voices from across Greater Manchester to join their free theatre criticism scheme. Professional Journalist and Theatre Critic, Catherine Love, will be leading the project which runs for 10 weeks from the beginning of October. No previous experience is necessary, only a love of and interest in live performance.


Live Art Live blogger Amanda said of her experience last year

“I loved doing the course. It was an amazing opportunity and has given me so much in terms of confidence and a new zest for seeing even more theatre!”

Over ten weeks, participants will have the opportunity to see eight new pieces of theatre in the city while honing critical writing skills and learning from guest speakers. They will write about the productions they see, get feedback on their writing and learn how to set up a personal blog.

The application process is easy and both new and emerging writers are encouraged to apply.

“Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, particularly learning about different writing styles, how to express a critical voice, and being able to meet professional critics and learn from them.  The Greater Manchester Reviewer, who now regularly covers performances across the region.


To apply for this free 10 week course on critical writing please submit the following…

  • a short piece (200 words) about a performance you have seen.
  • a paragraph about who you are and why you want to be involved (200 words).
  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over to qualify for a place.
  • The sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 9 October and will include a workshop and a ticket to a relevant production.


The deadline for applications is Monday 20 August 2018.

Please send all applications to or post them – C/o Paula Rabbitt – Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7DH

All successful applicants will be notified by Monday 3 September.

Published on:
23 Jul 2018


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