Flossie Waite is creating Children's Theatre Reviews: covering theatre for young people
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Hello!

In 2013 I started my website, Children’s Theatre Reviews, to help plug the significant gap in criticism and writing about theatre for young audiences. Since then I’ve seen and reviewed as many shows as possible – without pay and in my spare time – to help give children’s theatre the voice it deserves. I focus especially on the fringe venues and smaller companies which are most at risk of being overlooked.

The most exciting, terrifying, intense, and moving theatrical moments I've experienced have been whilst surrounded by toddlers or teenagers. It’s important that all theatre lovers (and would-be theatregoers) recognise that their cultural world will be richer for including the innovative and avant-garde work being created for younger audiences. For those who might doubt the sophistication of children's theatre, just a couple of examples could make you change your mind. Oily Cart create multi-sensory, immersive productions that redefine what theatre can be, like the recent Light Show - rarely is a theatre experience so well-crafted and finely attuned to its audience. Theatre-Rites and 20 Stories High have just toured The Broke 'N' Beat Collective, a hard-hitting piece of gig-theatre which offered as much political bite as any adult show, presenting an uncompromising and eloquent musical critique of today's Britain. I could go on (and indeed I do, on my website!)

Any sophisticated art form is further enriched by critical writing. The relative lack of writing about theatre for young audiences means that:

  • shows for young people struggle to gain cultural value and significance
  • companies and artists don't have access to vital feedback and possible publicity
  • transient productions (usually without a published script or available recording) are at risk of disappearing completely - theatre criticism "is a large part of a show's afterlife"  

That’s where Children’s Theatre Reviews comes in! The website aims to:

  • start conversations about children’s theatre;
  • offer good quality, intelligent criticism;
  • support accessibility to children’s theatre;
  • encourage attendance at children’s theatre; and
  • write about companies and productions that are often overlooked by the mainstream media

This Patreon will help me to:

  • keep the website free to use and free of ads
  • dedicate more time to writing and criticism 
  • support and publicise the sector by thoughtfully writing about it
  • continue to focus on performances at fringe venues
  • expand coverage outside of London and across the UK
  • support and encourage more reviewers to write about children’s theatre, and offer them a platform

Thanks so much for your support,

Flossie x

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Hello!

In 2013 I started my website, Children’s Theatre Reviews, to help plug the significant gap in criticism and writing about theatre for young audiences. Since then I’ve seen and reviewed as many shows as possible – without pay and in my spare time – to help give children’s theatre the voice it deserves. I focus especially on the fringe venues and smaller companies which are most at risk of being overlooked.

The most exciting, terrifying, intense, and moving theatrical moments I've experienced have been whilst surrounded by toddlers or teenagers. It’s important that all theatre lovers (and would-be theatregoers) recognise that their cultural world will be richer for including the innovative and avant-garde work being created for younger audiences. For those who might doubt the sophistication of children's theatre, just a couple of examples could make you change your mind. Oily Cart create multi-sensory, immersive productions that redefine what theatre can be, like the recent Light Show - rarely is a theatre experience so well-crafted and finely attuned to its audience. Theatre-Rites and 20 Stories High have just toured The Broke 'N' Beat Collective, a hard-hitting piece of gig-theatre which offered as much political bite as any adult show, presenting an uncompromising and eloquent musical critique of today's Britain. I could go on (and indeed I do, on my website!)

Any sophisticated art form is further enriched by critical writing. The relative lack of writing about theatre for young audiences means that:

  • shows for young people struggle to gain cultural value and significance
  • companies and artists don't have access to vital feedback and possible publicity
  • transient productions (usually without a published script or available recording) are at risk of disappearing completely - theatre criticism "is a large part of a show's afterlife"  

That’s where Children’s Theatre Reviews comes in! The website aims to:

  • start conversations about children’s theatre;
  • offer good quality, intelligent criticism;
  • support accessibility to children’s theatre;
  • encourage attendance at children’s theatre; and
  • write about companies and productions that are often overlooked by the mainstream media

This Patreon will help me to:

  • keep the website free to use and free of ads
  • dedicate more time to writing and criticism 
  • support and publicise the sector by thoughtfully writing about it
  • continue to focus on performances at fringe venues
  • expand coverage outside of London and across the UK
  • support and encourage more reviewers to write about children’s theatre, and offer them a platform

Thanks so much for your support,

Flossie x

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