Edinburgh Critics Team

A Younger Theatre and C venues are delighted to announce the winners of our joint Edinburgh Critics competition.

The Edinburgh Critics Team is:
Veronica Aloess
Laura Dodge
Charlotte Ely
Catherine Love
Sarah Sharp
Chloe Stopa-Hunt
Devawn Wilkinson
Katherine Wootton

Scroll down to meet the team or click on their name to read their winning review. Congratulations to these eight – the judges were all highly impressed with the quality and maturity of writing displayed.

Congratulations are also due to our four runners-up:
Lee Anderson, who reviewed Love, Love, Love at the Royal Court
Germaine Cheng, who reviewed Spring Loaded at The Place
Laura Mooney, who reviewed Henry V at the Liverpool Playhouse
Hannah Tookey, who reviewed Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde! at Warwick Arts Centre.

Our highly commended entrants are: Valentina Alfonsi, Lucy Cave, Amelia Forsbrook, Natasha Kaeda, Catherine Noonan, Andres Ordorica, Izzie Radley, Harriet Thompson and Rachel Williams.


Veronica Aloess, 19, is an aspiring arts journalist and playwright, who trained at Arts Educational School London and is currently studying towards a BA in English with Creative Writing at Brunel University. As a reviewer, she has written for A Younger Theatre, and her arts blog West End Epilogue is a part of AKA’s blogging network. She recently co-founded Don’t Make Me Angry Productions, which is dedicated to new, original writing and innovative performance.

She reviewed Misterman at the National Theatre, and was shortlisted independently by all three judges. “Her writing has style and flair without losing sight of her job as a reviewer,” said the judges.


Laura Dodge is a 25-year-old dance teacher and freelance writer working in London. She is also studying for an MA in Ballet Studies, currently writing a dissertation on stage presence in ballet students. She is looking forward to seeing and reviewing lots of dance at the Edinburgh Fringe.

She reviewed Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures at Sadler’s Wells. The judges praised her “ability to describe the event in vivid detail without wasting words”.


Charlie Ely is a 23-year-old Londoner, currently studying for an MA in Theatre Studies at Central School of Speech and Drama. She graduated from Sussex University in 2011 with a First Class BA in English Literature and Theatre Studies, and got her first taste of reviewing before university when she spent two months writing for The Telegraph in Calcutta, India. She has a background in acting, directing, dancing and choreography, and is particularly passionate about experimental and physical theatre.

She reviewed Einstein on the Beach at the Barbican, and was unanimously selected by the judges. They particularly liked her “sophisticated analysis of the show overall, combined with well-chosen details”.


Catherine Love, 22, is a recent English graduate who combines a part-time job in the magazine publishing industry with freelancing as an arts journalist. She has written for publications including the Guardian, Exeunt, IdeasTap, Spoonfed and What’s On Stage.

She reviewed Posh at Duke of York’s Theatre. All three judges selected her “well-written review, which mixes impressive knowledge of the theatre world as a whole with insightful comments on the production”.


Sarah Sharp is a 26-year-old writer and actor, based in London. She has been writing reviews for theatre, film and comedy for about six months and is a Fringe rookie. She is excited to be in Edinburgh, at the catalyst point for so much up-and-coming talent.

She reviewed All New People at Duke of York’s Theatre. The judges enjoyed her “witty and engaging review that offers a lighthearted take on the play”.


Chloe Stopa-Hunt, 25, read English at New College, Oxford. She has since worked as a poet, editor, script-reader and critic, contributing reviews of British, American and French poetry to a variety of publications. Her theatrical interests lie in Renaissance and eighteenth-century drama, as well as new writing. 

She reviewed Boys at Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, and was a unanimous choice of the judges. They praised her “elegant and eloquent prose, and subtle critique of the play”.


Devawn Wilkinson, 21, is an English and Drama student (aspiring to be a playwright/poet) currently living in East London. She entered the competition because she really enjoys absorbing as much theatre as possible and finds that reviewing is the most satisfying way to respond to it.

She reviewed Leper Colony at the Yard Theatre in Hackney, which the judges called “a confident and nuanced response”.


Katharine Wootton is a 19-year-old student from Huddersfield, currently studying English literature at the University of York. A dancing fanatic and lover of all things theatrical, she has a real passion for stage writing and reviewing, something which she has been heavily involved in since beginning university. She is hugely excited to be part of A Younger Theatre’s 2012 Edinburgh review team and cannot wait to immerse herself in the Fringe spirit.

She reviewed Midnight Tango at Manchester Opera House. The judges praised her “succinct review which manages to capture a real flavour of the show”.

Eleanor Turney

Eleanor Turney

Eleanor Turney was Managing Editor of A Younger Theatre for four-and-a-half years. She is now Managing Editor of The Space, Web Editor for the British Council Theatre and Dance team, and a freelance writer and editor.