Isaac Tan

is creating Performing Arts Reviews and Interviews

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About Isaac Tan

I am an independent theatre critic and freelance actor based in Singapore. I have been actively reviewing on my own website and with Centre 42 as a citizen reviewer since 2014. 

Over the past five years, I have gained more confidence, and am increasingly aware of my artistic tastes and the sort of critic that I want to be. Having practised this craft for half a decade, it is time to take it further—it is time to be a professional independent theatre critic.

What Does This Mean?
The fundamental change would be to strive to turn this craft into a source of revenue amongst other artistic pursuits. Your support will enable me to broaden my coverage to include more long-form interviews and profiles, dance reviews, and even book reviews.

The reviews on my website will always be public and free for all to read. Your support will determine the breadth and depth of my coverage, and supporters will receive bonus content.

In terms of work flow, I will try to publish my review within a week of watching the show. I have no intention of being the first, for there are many others who are adept at that. Rather, I shall follow the advice of Mr Kenneth Tynan and “write for posterity” as much as it is meant for the present.

Why Does It Matter?
Arts criticism is part of the arts ecology. Artists aim to inspire, provoke, comfort, or entertain their audience. Criticism is thus an articulated response to the work. It is the opening salvo; the first hand in the air.

With arts funding in Singapore still largely reliant on state funding, the perennial question is, What do the people want or need? Artists and authorities have been justifying their aims in response to this question without answering a more fundamental one: Who constitutes “the people?”

Hence, my reviews seek to be a platform from which theatregoers can respond to and articulate their opinions. 

What Will You Do With Our Money?

Immediate Expenses: 
  • Domain name.
  • Transport and food costs. 
  • Tickets for shows done by smaller groups who could not afford to offer complimentary tickets.
  • Transcription services for recorded interviews. 

Medium-term Expenses: 
  • Better recording equipment for interviews. 
  • Books for personal enrichment (e.g., guides, anthologies of reviews by well-known critics, etc.)
  • Workshops for personal enrichment.
  • Paying for a better Wordpress plan to enhance content. 

Future Expenses: 
  • Research projects on theatre criticism and performing arts history. 
  • Hiring web developers and designers to improve the website.
  • Commissioning writers to contribute to the website on a regular basis at market rates.
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