It’s official: Lyn Gardner has scrambled my brain. I’m not complaining about The Guardian’s theatre critic. In fact, I want to use this blog to thank her for freeing up the arts reviewer within me.
Today I attended what I guess was a masterclass in arts/theatre reviewing led by Lyn in Newcastle’s Dance City. The session was supposed to start at 11am but poor Lyn was stuck on the East Coast train line. Thankfully the other workshop attendees and I amused ourselves until she turned up before 1pm.
Lyn packed a great deal into a few hours. My notes list websites, plays, writers and advice from Lyn. In the margin I’ve scribbled “Honest opinion matters. Good writing is in the eye of the beholder. The more you write, the better writer you become.”
Lyn shared her thoughts and opinions but kept asking us what we thought and what we liked. She was full of enthusiasm for theatre and critical writing.
I feel inspired, “freed up” and ready to write more reviews for North East Reviews