Developing new critical voices in Hull

The New Critics Programme is at the heart of our efforts to encourage critical discourse in Hull. Every year we will develop two new local critics with support from some of the most-widely read theatre writers in the country, including Lyn Gardner (The Stage), Natasha Tripney (The Stage) and Alice Saville (Exeunt Magazine).

Working with a number of regional theatres and companies including Hull Truck Theatre, Middle Child will arrange tickets and travel to critique performances, with work published on the Hot Potato reviews website.

This programme will also help to diversify the voices involved in theatre criticism by offering opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to gain experience as a critic. We are also especially interested in developing new and alternative forms of theatre criticism, such as vlogging and podcasting.

Previous participants include Angelo Irving, who now writes for The Stage and Exeunt.


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How to apply

Simply send us a review of something, anything, either published or unpublished, alongside a little detail about yourself and why you’d like to participate.

Any of this can be in the form of video or audio, as well as text. You can also arrange to come and speak with us face-to-face, if this is easier for you, although we would still like to see an example of your critiism.

Applications for the 2019 programme are closed.

Who can apply

The programme is open to any individual who is:

  • a current resident local to Hull with a HU postcode;

  • over the age of 18.

"Since I moved to England I never had the courage to write reviews, especially in English as a second language.

“Thanks to the New Critics Programme I not only learned from some of the key figures in theatre criticism, but also gained the confidence and opportunity to view theatre shows and express my opinion about them."

Magda Moses, 2018 participant