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 the best theatre writers in the country, including Lyn Gardner (The Guardian), Natasha Tripney (The Stage) and Alice Saville (Exeunt Magazine).

Working with a number of regional theatres and companies including Hull Truck Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, New Diorama Theatre and Paines Plough, Middle Child will arrange tickets and travel to attend performances. New critics’ responses will then be edited by Exeunt editor Alice Saville and published in Browse Magazine and other outlets.

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.


The New Critics Programme will run once a year, developing at least two new critical voices in the city. Workshops with our mentors will start in May and critics will attend shows throughout the year.

Workshops for the 2018 programme will run throughout the week commencing 21 May. Applications are now 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.