A Younger Theatre is delighted to announce the four winners of the Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme. Supported by IdeasTap, the Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme gives the opportunity for young reviewers to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with free accommodation and travel. The reviewers will also receive professional mentoring from Lyn Gardner of The Guardian and Thom Didbin of The Stage alongside Managing Editor Eleanor Turney and Artistic Director Jake Orr of A Younger Theatre. The winners will also receive payment for writing for IdeasMag alongside their reviewing for A Younger Theatre.
During the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we took eight young people to review the festival in partnership with C venues who provided free accommodation. The Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme is to encourage the development of new arts journalism and reviewing, giving practical experience at the largest arts festival in the world.
The winners of the 2013 Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme are as follows:
Liam Patrick Harrison
Critic, playwright and fencer. Liam is proficient with both pen and sword. Graduated in 2012 with a Masters in Playwriting from Royal Holloway, University of London
Lauren started writing for A Younger Theatre while working at the 2012 Fringe, and hasn’t really stopped. She also writes for Exeunt and TheatreGuide London, reads scripts for Theatre503 and helps produce the London Horror Theatre Festival.
Dan is a theatre maker and writer who has recently graduated from the University of Warwick, having studied English and Theatre Studies for the past three years. For the past year he has been the President of Warwick University Drama Society and he is a three-time Harold Hobson award-winner.
Devawn is a London-based writer, performance poet and aspiring theatre-maker. As a reviewer, she has written for A Younger Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
As well as reviewing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, A Younger Theatre will be looking for the best emerging theatre companies to be considered for the first Incoming Festival in May 2014. Incoming Festival is a new festival for the best emerging theatre companies co-curated by A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre.