From 2017-2018 Youth Theatre Arts Scotland is supporting 10 Young Critics to develop and apply their skills in creative criticism for theatre in Scotland.
The programme supports each young person to develop their individual critical response process, their understanding of theatre and an individual voice. They have attended residential trips in Dublin and Edinburgh as well as regularly viewing work in local venues across the country.
The project will also produce a Young Critics Resource which will be available to everyone online from March 2018, with documentation from the international residential and guides from professional critics.
“It’s been really good to see all the different formats that you can critique something in. I always had the image of a review being written out in a newspaper, so to know that you don’t have to follow this set norm to work in this industry is great.” (Young Critics Exchange participant)
This programme is a partnership between Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) and Youth Theatre Ireland (YTI) and has been supported by the European Union through their Erasmus+ programme. Creative Commons is a two-year international project which supports YTAS and YTI to share best practice and build innovative resources in the areas of Young Critics practice and Young Leader mentorship.
The Young Critics are from YTAS members across the country, including Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Ayrshire, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Renfrewshire.
Flora Gosling is an aspiring young critic from Aberdeenshire. In her final year of secondary school she discovered a passion for writing about and critiquing theatre, and has since started a blog in which she regularly posts reviews and the occasional essay. Upon leaving school she was awarded the Ozanne Creativity Award for her work in Drama and Creative Writing. She especially likes black comedy, tales of revenge, and any theatre that takes risks. Read my reviews.
My name is Ellie Hughes, I am 17 and from Broughty Ferry, near Dundee. I am passionate about all aspects of theatre, and through YTAS have taken part in international Young Critics events in Dublin and Lille. I am a member of the Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble, and of Dundee Rep Youth Theatre. I am inspired by theatre which changes my perspective, and which makes me think about society and the world in which we live.
My name is Eve Martin, I am a 17 year old actor and deviser from Aberdeen. I am part of Aberdeen Performing Arts youth theatre. I like theatre that provokes more than just a thought in its audience. I have a great passion for physical theatre, stylised theatre and, most of all, political theatre that leaves the audience wanting to change something about the society they live in – to make it a better place.
I’m an 18-year-old theatre lover living on the edge of Glasgow in a small town called Houston, which makes it pretty hard to go and see new work sometimes. I’ve got 15 years performance experience at both PACE and recently the RCS juniors course. I adore musicals, small cast theatre and anything that explores permanent change from experience. Read my reviews.
My name is Becky Wilkieson and I live on the Isle of Gigha in the West of Scotland. Since I basically live in the middle of nowhere, it’s difficult to see pieces of theatre. I personally prefer theatre that challenges controversial or taboo topics, and shows a different perspective to an opinion that I may not have previously seen. I am also a fan of black comedy used in theatre.
My name is Eilidh Olsen and I’m 17 years old, I live in Stevenston, North Ayrshire. I work with the belief that anyone can participate and thrive through the power of the arts. I get to see the outstanding impact creativity can have on communities. I also attend the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland junior acting programme and am part of the Transitions 20/40 initiative which has furthered my experiences and opportunities in the arts greatly.
Caitlin is from Helensburgh a coastal town in Argyll and Bute. Caitlin likes musical theatre, interactive theatre, scripted theatre and adapted theatre. Read my reviews.
Lauren is from Glasgow and aspires to be a theatre-maker. Having previously studied art at college she is now moving on to media and is very interested in being a multi-faceted artist, aiming to work collaboratively and in a variety of areas. She is particularly interested in contemporary theatre and her favourite work is usually experimental, character based work that finds the balance between comedy and tragedy. Read my reviews.