A Younger Theatre is teaming up with some of the UK’s most famous theatre critics, and the Theatre Royal Winchester, to a launch a new scheme aimed at encouraging new, young critics.

The Young Critics scheme is offering weekly workshops, where famous arts journalists will offer tips to aspiring writers under the age of 25.

Jake Orr, Artistic Director and founder of A Younger Theatre, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Theatre Royal Winchester to lay the foundation blocks for the future critics.

“It comes at a crucial time when national critics are losing their long-held positions on newspapers that we can be working towards forging a new generation of theatre critics with one of the leading South West venues.”

Critics involved in the scheme include Alistair Smith from The Stage, The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner, and former Sunday Telegraph writer Tim Walker.

Carl Woodward, Project Manager at Theatre Royal Winchester, said: “The reaction to this project has been phenomenal, we are proud to be leading the way regionally and to bridge the gap between print and online sources in partnership with A Younger Theatre.

“Nurturing young people is essential for sustaining a critical culture and stimulating interest in the arts and theatre.”

The scheme will last for eight weeks, starting on Saturday 21 February at the Theatre Royal Winchester.

Laura Stevens, A Younger Theatre Editor, said: “We are very excited to be supporting the scheme towards the goal of cultivating and developing young voices in criticism.

“It is absolutely great to see the enthusiasm for the scheme from both emerging writers and professional critics. I am looking forward to reading the original work that is produced!”

Tickets for the scheme cost £60, with the first workshop being run by our very own Jake Orr.

The Young Critics scheme starts on Saturday February 21 at the Theatre Royal Winchester. For more information, visit http://www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/young-critics/