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Rethinking the Review


Sun 30 Apr 2017, 9:00am–11:00am

Where: Nelson Musical Theatre, 95 Atawhai Drive, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)
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In Rethinking the Review, writer and theatre-maker Catherine Hart will teach the necessity for constructive and supportive reviews in the New Zealand arts industry. The workshop will detail the most effective ways to write a review that is helpful to fellow artists, as well as providing useful reviewing guidelines.

In the performing arts, many reviews tend to be over-critical, judgemental, and often rather negative. Rethinking the Review aims to concentrate on artists writing critically and honestly for fellow artists while remaining inherently supportive. The workshop will detail the benefits that this can have on an arts community and the writing as a whole.

During the two-hour workshop, Hart will offer insights into writing effective reviews, what the reader finds valuable and trustworthy, as well as explaining why reviews are useful to individual productions.

Alongside the workshop, Hart will be creating a website for reviewing shows at the Nelson Fringe Festival. Any attendees of Rethinking the Review are encouraged to participate in reviewing throughout the week. This is a great way for budding reviewers to write their first review, or for existing reviewers to be published on a new, exciting platform.

The workshop is aimed at those who review the arts, wish to write reviews or any artists who have thoughts on reviews that could assist others. Hart is interested in creating a workshop that is as valuable as it can be, and as such will hold discussions on the day to work with the skills and talents of those attending.

Catherine Hart is a Wellington-based theatre maker and writer. She has been reviewing theatre for the past four years, during which time she has also been an active theatre practitioner within the Wellington arts community. At the beginning of 2016, she took on the administration and management of the Wellington arts reviewing website, Art Murmurs.

During this time she was witness to the ways that reviews can affect performers and artists, as well as learning some handy tricks of the trade along the way. She has just completed working on reviews for the 2017 NZ Fringe Festival in Wellington. After attending the Nelson Fringe Festival, Catherine aims to return to the Edinburgh Festival for a second year to work as a venue manager for Gilded Balloon.