Here is what one of the student attendees had to say about a Theatre Writing/Reviewing talk I gave to students at Nottingham University’s Nottingham New Theatre. The talk was an hour long with an extra half hour for a Q&A. It took place on Wednesday 24th Feb 2016. Many thanks to Nick and Laura for agreeing to and organising the event.
“Hi Phil, Instead of starting my pile of work in the library, I thought I’d give some feedback about the talk today. Firstly, thank you very much for taking the time to come and talk to us about reviewing. It was very interesting and insightful. You explained very clearly how you became interested in reviewing, as well as providing your unique insight into the British cultural and Theatre scene of the late 80’s and 90’s, also pointing us towards important works in Theatre criticism and Theory. You did this all with a touch of a humour which was refreshing! You also included specific features about reviewing, including average length of articles and important things to remember.
It might be interesting for you to know that when talking about careers in Creative Writing at other University talks – I’m thinking especially about a Feature Journalism talk given by some of the staff from Trent University – the speakers focused a lot on how to structure the article/review. Just to bear in mind if you were going to do another talk!
But overall you gave us very important advice applicable to reviewing and life in general, which I am very grateful for! Your visual board of motivation is something that I will definitely take on.” Connie Leroux.