Today East Midlands Theatre celebrate our 7th year as theatre reviewers. Since October 15th 2015 we have championed the arts through a grand selection of theatre reviews, interviews and features in local and the national press and we retain a continuous passion in our fantastic team for the world in which we love to be engaged and inspired by.
Many of our reviewers have been, and continue to be, involved in amateur theatre on all levels; one of our team has trained and practices theatre captioning; another uses her high communication skills working in local radio; another appreciates the mentoring East Midlands Theatre offers; our latest recruit is studying a degree in journalism and all of our team are at degree level and beyond. We have been fortunate enough to be invited to sit in on professional rehearsals at Curve, Nottingham Playhouse and Derby Theatre to broaden our knowledge. Nikolai Foster and his team have been very welcoming in this regard.
“Support for theatre outside of London from publications and across media, has fallen dramatically over the years due to funding cuts to local news organisations. Trying to promote our productions and receive intelligent and rigorous critical feedback for our work is becoming increasingly challenging as there are fewer journalists and arts editors able to cover what we do. Phil Lowe’s theatre website and support of Curve has been invaluable. Phil is an intelligent, sagacious and incredibly well-schooled reviewer who has a wide understanding of the theatre ecology. The way Phil is able to share what we are doing and bring it to a wider, more diverse audience through the East Midlands Theatre website is incredibly important.”
Nikolai Foster. Artistic Director. Curve Theatre. Leicester
Our Notts, Leics, Derbys boundaries have broadened of late and we now cover Cambs and Northants and beyond. Since one of our esteemed group got involved as a community actor in a prodigious Henry IV production at the RSC Stratford, it seems, for us, that the sky is the limit! Our founder, Phil Lowe even interviewed Rufus Norris (image below) the highly intelligent artistic director of the National Theatre (at the time) without realising quite who he was!
Phil Lowe: I am super proud of our East Midlands Theatre team and look forward to the next decade in our collaboration supporting our local theatres.
“Phil Lowe, through his many roles in profiling and supporting the arts, is a fantastic and much valued contact for us at Derby Theatre. He engages with, and invests in, all strands of our work through conducting interviews and writing previews, blogs and reviews. He is also an active participant and audience member – his experiences from which also feed in to the positive profile he provides us with. When conducting interviews with actors, directors, writers etc. he is always thoroughly professional, prepared and always extremely courteous to his interviewees. Thank you, Phil for being an immense support and ambassador for Derby Theatre and the arts in the region.”
Heidi McKenzie (Press & Marketing Officer, Derby Theatre)
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