Are you a writer, vlogger or podcaster living in Hull with an interest in theatre?


Then Middle Child theatre company want to hear from you, as applications open for their New Critics Programme, a new initiative to improve critical discourse in the city.


Every year the award-winning theatre company will develop two new local critics with workshops from the best theatre writers in the country, including Lyn Gardner (The Guardian), Natasha Tripney (The Stage) and Alice Saville (Exeunt Magazine).


Working with a number of regional theatres and companies including Hull Truck Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, New Diorama Theatre and Paines Plough, Middle Child will also arrange free tickets and travel to attend performances throughout the year.





New critics’ responses will then be edited by Exeunt editor Alice Saville and published in Browse Magazine and other outlets.


Artistic director Paul Smith said: “This programme will help to diversify the voices involved in theatre criticism by offering opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to gain experience as a critic.


“We especially want to hear from people of colour and Hull’s migrant communities, as well as those people interested in developing new and alternative forms of theatre criticism, such as vlogging and podcasting.”


The New Critics Programme is part of Louder Than Words, Middle Child’s new artist development programme for Hull theatre.


Louder Than Words includes writing groups, a new theatre library – open to any resident of Hull – funding pots for actors and theatre companies and a number of writer residencies.


The deadline for applications is Monday 30 April and full details on how to apply are available on the Middle Child website.