Michael Billington: “A scheme like this is vitally important”

Billington praises Young Critic scheme

Britain’s longest serving Theatre critic Michael Billington took part in the Theatre Royal Winchester’s Young Critics scheme earlier this month.

Michael said: “I had a very good time at the Young Critics workshop in Winchester. More important, however, was the palpable commitment and hunger to learn of those who attended.”


He added that “A scheme like this is vitally important at a time when young critics need all the practical help they can get in a world where the digital revolution has created new opportunities.”

Organiser and founder of the project, Carl Woodward said “We were absolutely delighted to welcome Michael to speak to our bright young people. Michael has been critic for over 40 years. He spoke candidly about his illustrious career as a theatre writer and was on hand to lend rich practical advice for our aspiring reviewers. It is a huge testament to the project to secure his attendance for this very special workshop.”


Young Critics’ workshops are led by journalists and leading theatre critics in association with A Younger Theatre. Participants are provided with mentoring and can see their work in print thanks to a partnership with The Big Issue.

For more information E: mrcarlwoodward@gmail.com

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