Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme- Image by Laura Saurez

Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme

Are you an aspiring arts journalist or critic? Would you like the chance to go to one of the biggest arts festivals in the world, to be mentored by an experienced journalist and to be paid for your time? Enter the Edinburgh Young Critics Brief!

A Younger Theatre have teamed up with IdeasTap to offer four young people the chance to attend this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Winners will receive free accommodation, travel to and from the festival, professional mentoring and a small writing fee. Continuing from the 2012 Edinburgh Critics Scheme, A Younger Theatre are proud to present this year’s scheme with IdeasTap who currently support AYT in the provision of office space through their Creative Space scheme.

Winners of the scheme will be part of AYT’s reviewing team for two weeks and will work closely with the editorial team to review shows across the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festival. With mentoring from professional journalists (see below for the mentors), the  winners will develop their writing and critiquing skills, publish reviews and features on A Younger Theatre, and receive a fee for further reporting from IdeasTap for submission to IdeasMag.

The mentors for the Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme will be:
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Thom Dibdin, The Stage
Jake Orr and Eleanor Turney, A Younger Theatre

This is a great opportunity for aspiring arts journalists and critics to build up their portfolio whilst writing for an established publication and receiving professional mentoring. There will be opportunities to write features and conduct interviews, as well as reviewing.


To apply for the Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme head over to the IdeasTap Brief on the IdeasTap website.

You need to sign up with IdeasTap and apply with a 500 word review of a recent arts event you’ve attended. The Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme is open to young people aged 18-26 who live in the UK. Deadline for applications is May 31st, with winners will be announced the following week.

Image by Laura Saurez.