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Go from audience member to published theatre critic in 90 minutes using tips from a review expert
4.5 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,117 students enrolled
Created by Lita Doolan
Last updated 11/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 25 mins on-demand audio
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Gain recognition as a Theatre Critic
  • Write in an engaging way
  • Share your experiences and thought about theatre and exhibitions
  • Choose the right words to describe a live performance to readers
  • Find new content easily for your website
  • Grow your blog by launching an Arts page
  • Choose the right events to craft Arts Features out of and grow your blog
  • Create an audience by developing a platform
  • Spot the types of shows in a Theatre brochure that suit your writing style
  • Be spurred on to set free the theatre review swimming in your head
  • Craft articles of value to your local community
  • Promote the culture of your local theatre through your blog
  • How to be authentic on your blog by creating new theatre inspired material fast
  • Become the main author of your blog and raise your profile
  • Attract blog readers with an interest in local and global culture
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Requirements
  • You should have enjoyed a handful of live performances at a local or national theatre before starting.
Description

Make the most of your love of theatre and raise your profile online by showing yourself how to craft reviews that can be posted on your blog or on one of the many theatre review websites in just over an hour.

This course will let you share your love of theatre and bring out the inner writer inside you easily by pleasantly tapping into a social activity you love.

Cheat Sheets help you write your best ever theatre review and shows you how to gain the right information at every step from scanning websites to showing up to after show talks.

The course contains 6 modules that use 5 minute bullet point lectures with fun activities to get you used to the process of putting together reviews in not much time.

This course follows you every step of the way from booking the ticket to uploading your first theatre review with ideas on how to go viral. This will be the first of many reviews you write and open up a new window of associates and networks.



Who is the target audience?
  • This Review Writing course is meant for newbies who enjoy theatre who are not familiar with how to structure a review and/or students looking for a refresher on how to put forward their own opinions in an upbeat way. No prior experience in writing is needed. A love of going to the theatre is required. This course is probably not for you if you're looking to write your own novel or play.
  • This course will spark something off in you to write the thing that's been bubbling inside you
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Curriculum For This Course
66 Lectures
03:40:22
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Introduction to Publishing a Review Online Fast. What do you need to do?
4 Lectures 13:05

Being published adds credibility to your work as an author.

With this course it need not be time consuming.

Each module shows you how to skip the things you don’t need to do and get it done quick so you are the first review published.

Discover how writing a review can benefit you, your lifestyle and career in the short video.

If you want to see your name on an article you're pleased with this is for you.

If you want others to congratulate you on your work this is for you.

If you want your ideas to be out there and not just in your head this is for you.

You have a lot to give and this course will help bring out your best.

In short - 

 Discover brand new shows you've never seem 

Receive free theatre tickets and interval drinks 

Grow your online following (and build it fast!)

DOWNLOAD the checklist below to help you keep track of the different steps that lie ahead.  We will be covering each of these with section by section so you can write in your notes as you go and see the path ahead.  This sheet is also offered at the end of the course as a recap to quickly put all the material you have gathered together fast ready to upload.

Find out how putting a review together once means you can easily critique any live event.

The benefits of assembling your reviews means you can create a beautiful blog full of quality up to the minute entertainment reviews in no time at all


Introduction - How to use this process to review everything from circus comedy
03:19

Use reviews to create an ebook and find an online audience

Make your onward plan - Putting your work into the world and making money
04:50

Choosing a clear reward that doing this course will bring to you will keep your motivation high. Putting a picture of this on or near your computer screen helps to keep a sharp focus.

The questionnaire can help keep you on track to finish your goal.

How to make a writing roadmap that will keep you motivated
01:49

Being an Art Critic lets you upgrade your career status, be taken seriously in your field and move forward with building your own tribe whilst creating your own unique material. Know that five steps are key to writing a review in a short time.

What this course delivers and offers you today
03:07

This quiz both highlights the basic points of reviewing and emphasizes what concepts you might want to keep in mind for the rest of the course!

Test your basic knowledge of how to publish process and the scope Theatre Review
12 questions
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First step - Where and What do you want to be published?
9 Lectures 23:54

For many writers the hardest information to come by are the inside tips and tricks that can help them jump start their writing careers.  

This module shows you how to assemble the basics to start right away, producing accurate copy fast.

Just in case you missed the checklist of what steps lie ahead this is also offered here as a resource to fill in as we go.

How to define your audience and write usefully for them
04:08

Finding the right words to connect your work with your audience will help create a loyal readership.

Find ways of listening to what your ideal reader wants from their theatre review using the activity sheet below or the tips in the video.

Note down any words or questions that keep popping up for them.

What do your people want to know?
03:32

Know how to find the important information that will lead you to what you reader fears missing out on and use it write smart fast popular reviews that get shared on social media boosting your credibility and visibility


have done - write the bulk of your review for your ideal client - tell the reader you have pictured exactly what they wanted to know about the review - write two sentences answer their questions about what would stop them going to enjoy the show

say who the show is for, how long it is, how it made you feel at the end

Who do you think your reader is and what do they want?
03:14

Find out how to go where your ideal audience is by finding the website that is the best fit for your work.

The video gives you hints on what to look out for, such as

  1. Look for websites that recognise authors and let them write a bio.
  2. Find out in the menu bar or 'About page' if they are looking for reviewers.
  3. A good website attracts shares of the published reviews.
  4. Be clear on your goal for your own reviews as some websites do not let you publish work elsewhere.
  5. Check on what perks is offered, find out if they organise free theatre tickets for you as comps ready for you to collect at the box office


Or Alternatively you can host on your own website.

How you publish your review is up to you and a more ideas on different ways to do this is shared in the next section. The two basic options are publish your work on your own website or on a theatre review website.

The number of websites that accept submissions from 'freelance' reviewers is growing fast and listed halfway in the book. Although it is rare to get paid for your review you will be able to treat a friend or colleague to share your rewards of two free tickets (or 'comps'), theatre programmes and the interval drinks that are included sometimes.

Signing up to be on the email list of arts websites is a great way to be in the loop and find the style that suits you.  Although this can  result in an overflowing inbox it is a useful place to start browsing through different options.



What to look for in your ideal Theatre Review website
03:18

Listening to what people want to know and responding is a great way to create useful copy that serves your reader well.

How to decide what you need to write about
01:15

Take your bag and notes with you so you can set up your review station at a cafe, at a bust stop with wifi or in the theatre foyer or in your theatre seat.

Find the best place to do your great work
02:48

Recap - assemble what you need to motivate and support yourself through this fun process

Looking through the whats on programme using the questions in the video and resource guide below can also help pin point a theme that you can take through your review to make it stand out.

Scan the Theatre What's On Season Programme and pick out highlights
01:18

Know who you are writing for from looking at your traffic data

Find out who your reader really is fast by using targeting
03:21

Inspiring your readers to come back and search for your work is a great way to strengthen your tribe.  

Providing work that has a value to an audience is the first step to success for any business.

ACTIVITY 

Fill in these prompts to make an opening paragraph your reader finds instantly useful - 

This show started its run in …. (city) on .....(date) and the production will open in .... (name of theatre) after it’s run here at (name of theatre).

This performance that made it's debut in ... (country/city)  has a running time of ... (hours/minutes) and has .. (number) interval/s.

Now look at the timings of when your review is most useful for your reader.  Would you automatically publish them to your site just before the weekend so they can decide what to see?  Consistency helps build loyalty and this mean building an Editorial Calendar for yourself so you plan ahead.  Use the resource below for a quick way to plan your writing and leverage your work.



How to make your review instantly useful so it is well received
01:00

Before you even leave the house you can begin your review

Test your knowledge know how on the best way to get to your prize of writing your own reviews fast and gaining the status your best work deserves

How to make a quick start on your review in any situation
7 questions
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How to be First - Nail the purpose of review.
7 Lectures 27:09

Use these easy time hacks to make writing your review later that day faster.

I found 3 rules gave me theatre goers who enjoyed my work!

1.          Set your own clear goals for what you want to write so your readers know what to expect from you.

2.          You can’t fail to satisfy your true fans and those who are not don’t have to read more if it’s not their bag.

3.          Be consistent about what are you cover in your review so readers know what your work offers.


When you have found a show you love take a pad of post it notes and put one thought you had of the show on one page and then re arrange them into the sections they fit in later.

Step into your expert shoes - pick something that excites you
05:51

Find the details you need to share with your audience ahead of time by looking in the theatre programme.

How to get ideas from the Theatre programme
02:10

It takes seconds to start the review writing before you have even left the house.

Simple questions asked when booking for your show speed the process.

Not all information is readily available on the web so ask the theatre’s sales agent when you reserve your ticket

You can put your review together by asking as you go to gain a wider picture

Call ahead and find out before hand-  

  1. How long the performance is?
  2. Are the main stars due to perform or is it an understudy performance? 
  3. Is there an interval?
  4.  Is the work a world premier?
  5. Who is the director and take the name of the theatre company?
  6. Is this performance part of a long tour of the show?

The more you can find out ahead of time the easier your task ahead.

Some of these questions just take seconds to ask and you can fit this in whilst booking your ticket or just popping for a coffee at the theatre in a lunch break.

Have your supply of retractable pencils and spiral note books that fit easily in your pocket and you're good to go.


How to take notes from calling the Box Office
01:59

Know how following the timeline of someone else's creative process is a story in itself. 

If the details are told accurately this makes an useful instant review fast.

Our resources are precious time money and attention end emotion are some things we don’t always get back.

By telling people that the show is worth their attention or giving them enough of the right info they can make that choice is important.

This is why we outline the story of the show.

Nothing worse being sat in the middle of a retelling of a war story when you wanted something cheery!


Use plot lines to tell a story
02:58

gutsy detail - post show talk

who’s who

background exclusive colour

Tips to get the most of out a Theatre Tour
01:37

Know how to upload your reviews online by finding out in advance what the website you want to be published on needs you to do.

Look back at the list of your three favourite websites that you can upload your work to and register with them.  A list is included in the resources.

Explore the choice of having your review on your own site or on other peoples.

If you would rather your own website - make a page for reviews on your own site or sign up for your own brand new blog site so you can upload your own reviews easily to your own domain.


How to find a good website for your work to get your reviews online fast
02:08

`An overview of how the information you have so far gathered before seeing the show will fit into the whole scheme of things.

press upload to your chosen websites now we are waiting for your link

Let's put all your pieces together to make one super review
10:26

Quiz yourself on the many great ways to bring the feeling of performance alive in your review so your readers come back for more time and time again.

FAQs on how to add colour to your review
3 questions
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Be heard - Get into conversations to get the latest facts
7 Lectures 20:15

Know what to look for when you are watching the performance and what questions to answer during the interval so your review is ready to be published by the time you get home.


  1. Take a sticky pad and on each sheet write a thought feeling in the interval
  2. Don’t stop till you can fill the desk at home with your stickies
  3. Return and group the stickies into topics after the show
  4. Look for themes - production values, enjoyment, interpretation 
  5. Make a list of each topic/theme and find the one you have the most of.


You got the structure to your review

To segway between each thought simply introduce the next paragraph with phrases that flow like -

  • Not only did the… but also
  • In addition to… 
  • Another unique element of the show…

Listening to the type of words your ideal reader uses at the theatre to describe their own experience can give inspiration as to drawing in the right type of audience for your work.  For example a Theatre review in the 'New Yorker' uses a different set of vocabulary than a review for a children's pantomime in a local newspaper.

The best advice I have had is when putting a theatre review together make sure it is a useful experience for the reader from start to finish.

Going Live. Being out there and bringing the detail home live.
03:34

Discover tricks to make the reader feel like they are inside the theatre as they read your review so the performance comes alive, even for folk who will not get to see it.We all have viewpoints and each is valid. Use other peoples opinions as inspiration but not a script.

The key is using ideas that are relevant.  Organise your thoughts so you can easily put them into a review

TOP TIP - During the show listen out to other theatre goers are saying to validate what is useful to them. Gold dust! What would they like to know from your review?

Listen to their comments and put yourself in the readers place, seeing things from their point of view and what they would like to know.

Getting into your readers head and see the world their way and this will help you hear the words of your review.

This is one of those things that is challenging the first time you do it and then becomes a routine and eventually a breeze! Like a roller coaster the third time is a blast.

Publish and be useful is our goal!


Easy ideas to make your review come alive
03:39

Be open to the things around you that can explain your thoughts in a metaphor.

Was the comedy in the show like a firework display?

Pull your next idea fast from anywhere and make your review visual.

Action - Sit quietly then find something around you that is just like the show in some way.

How to find inspiration everywhere - look for metaphors around you
01:22

How to revisit the idea of writing to a timeline during the interval so the review you write at the theatre matches what you have prepared earlier.  

This is a useful technique to create continuity on work you have written in two or more sittings.

If you are using this section to give your opinion of the story identify which one of the seven types the show is - 

(comedy, tragedy, rebirth, overcoming the monster, rags to riches, quest or voyage and return) 

Focussing on one type of story gives continuity to your review.

How timelines can help you be authentic and gain integrity
03:41

Tips on feeling and being true to the responses of other people to the work whilst staying true to your own gut instinct.  This shows you how to represent two (sometimes opposing) viewpoints in a meaningful way.

Interval Notes - go with your company
03:12

When you have a lot of ideas swimming around in your head this can be a cause of celebration as it gives you a lot of material to work with.  However some websites look for 100 words or less so use this idea to pick out what will work best for you in your review.  Always jot your ideas down first and then pick the ones you want to select using this filter.

Here are some useful pointers to note in the interval - 

  1. Costume is period or modern
  2. Set is on a revolve moving or static
  3. Lighting is following mood or natural time
  4. Music is live or pre recorded how many in orchestra
  5. Type of staging – proscenium arch or in the round how effective is this in getting the message across
  6. Number of cast
  7. Audience response – react to the humour of the work or compelled by the drama


The notes you take in the interval provide the colour to your review so note where this part of the review writing sits in the scheme of things - 

Step 1  we decided our tribe   

Step 2 we got the barebone facts and wrote the opening paragraph and a handle on the story 

Here is Step 3 that puts the colour into the review and proves we were there 

Later is Step 4 where we describe the set and then Step 5 that sees us finish off  the piece with our verdict and a quick grammar check to polish the work 


How to create a capsule - Draw out the 'meat' and serve your reader the verdict
02:12

Tips on staying true to the long term purpose of writing reviews for you.  Be clear on your reason for authoring a piece of work using the insight in this video.

Then be true to your own gut instinct by backing up the tone of your review with your honest opinion.

ACTIVITY - describe in your own words from a live performance or art work (Including fine food!) -

what you appreciated in it  =

what you enjoyed =

what you saw potential in =

what was clearly well developed =

what was well rehearsed =

what was well crafted =

what was well honed =

what gave food for thought =

what would bring you back to see it again =

what was worth the price of admission =

what were the softer qualities =

what were the still qualities =

what was in boldy in your face = 

what could you not ignore =

what was the one thing that got the biggest reaction =


How to stay focussed and use your own voice in writing
02:35

Test yourself on how you would review an exciting Festival and be more than ready for when the real thing comes to town.

FAQs Fun Festival Facts
4 questions
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Write and structure your Review as you see it - Use your time or lose your edge!
7 Lectures 31:13

How to structure your review now you have gathered your ideas is a crucial step.


The addition of sharp subjective metaphors can make your reader feel like you know them and build loyalty in your audience.  Use these tips to figure out the types of descriptive phrases and adjectives that will serve you best.

Look back over your work to see how much is now complete - tick off what is done•            What was it?


•            How did it achieve this?

•            Describe it like a magic pill – powerful / energizing / refreshing?

•            What was the highlight?

•            What did you think of it?

•            Your verdict in three words? (we're about to dive into this bit)


How to make your review irresistable to your reader
04:53

How to plan the best set of adjectives to make a review come alive from you.

Try to avoid general words like 'good' or 'nice'.  Use a thesaurus for different choices and this quick guide below - 

Weak adjectives take the strength from your writing. Use the best adjectives possible

  • Really bad – >Terrible
  • Really good – >Great
  • Very big –> Huge
  • Very beautiful –> Gorgeous

Even worse than using weak adjectives in giving your verdict:

  • It’s not that good –> It’s terrible
  • He’s not a bore – >He’s hilarious
  • He’s not very smart – >He’s ignorant


How to review subjective aspects of a show
03:20

the room you are writing in to instantly inspire the middle part of your review that describes the set and lighting of the show.

Action - Use an object or describe a movement that is like the lighting or music of the show.


Chunk - don''t lose momentum reviewing the set - i

Instant cheat sheet look around for ideas
02:13

Learn how to go with your gut instinct and back this up with fact to deliver a convincing verdict that will be useful to your reader to decide if they want to buy a ticket for this event.

A reason why reviewing and rating something is important is you are seeing the things the audience cannot by being objective.  Great costume and set designs do not stand out and are typically not noticed because they are part of the story telling.  By taking a check list in and making comments on each story telling element the reader is given things to look out for and appreciate the value of when they eventually ship up and buy a ticket to see the show.


Give the show a star rating or score
04:07


This is a useful writing exercise to pinpoint the transformation in the story you have seen on stage, on film, on a canvas or even on your dinner plate.  Most things have a story and this is at the heart of your review.  

Tell a story through your review using the characters timelines as examples – bring out a moral, outline a funny situation, paint a worst case scenario and move your reader onto the stage to experience it and see it

Play around with writing about this transformation in a writing exercise to find what works.  

When you have decided what this key part of the show is - use it to pick out your punchy headline.  Some ideas are in the resource guide below or you can of course go with your own inspiration!




How to look for the 'Magic Pill'
03:41

How to get your well crafted review the biggest audience on social media and tips on creating a hot headline to attract new readers.

Use a similar idea to write your killer opening hook to get readers in using these prompts -

For a Punchy title   -

  1.     How [name of hero in play] Got [desired result] in [time period]
  2. ·      Like [character in play] You Can [desired result]
  3. Why [impressive number] of People are [taking desired action]
  4. ·      How to [describe end of play] Like [central character]

Then attract audiences with a bit of sparkle -

  Play with the vision of the artistic director 

  1. [name of director] Reveals Ways To [desired result]
  2. How to [list of award given to play] Like [name of theatre company]


or Figure out the solution given by the play – step into the world of it – then describe the magic of it·      

  1. Where [pantomime world prize like magic beans] Is And How To Get It
  2. Discover The [desired result] Secret
  3. There’s Big [desired result] In [blank] 


or Paint the central character as a full hero paint out the super powers – inner stoicism

  1. How To Become [desired result] When You [something challenging]
  2. ·You Don’t Have to Be [something challenging] to be [desired result]


 


How writing a tweet can call in your biggest audience
09:59

'It's not how you start it's how you finish' is a memorable theatrical song for a great reason.  

People always remember the ending.  

Reward your reader by leaving your best till last using these tips on finishing strong.

Make the review compelling - capture your reader until the last word
03:00

Maximise the results of your review by being clear about what was the magic pill that broughtit home

FAQs on how to find the take home message of a show
4 questions
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Be at home in your niche - finish, polish and upload your writing.
7 Lectures 26:34

Ideas on how to write the last paragraph - 

  1. A punchy punchlines for example think of a funny or shocking quote from the play
  2. A pun on the play title
  3. How the show made you feel as you waited for the bus home
  4. Revelations the performance gave you or an insight or fresh perspective you gained
  5. A performance that gave you a new way of looking at an old play or a new twist on a classic story
  6. Information on where the show is performing next 
  7. Sharing a discovery in looking at life differently that you personally found


Build on the ideas you already have on how you will finish by writing up what sticks in your mind after the show experience has had a few moments to settle using these tips.

Following a structure means your mind doesn’t hold you back and your imagination can be free. That is my  experience of using a system.

The blueprint (summarised at the end of this section as a checklist of this course) I created from several late nights writing over 200 reviews will let you know how to write a review to bring you engaged readers fast.

With a few tweaks the system you have followed so far can help you deliver a review on your way home from the event so you get to be the first online and establish yourself quickly in your field of expertise.

Strategy to craft a last paragraph to bring more readers to your work
05:08

How to get ideas on a strong finish from other reviews if you get stuck.  The resource also has ideas.

How to look for good endings in other peoples reviews
02:52

Staying true to your own unique style is crucial to attracting loyal readers.  These tips show you how to craft your own individual style of ending.

Find your own way to finish with a quirky comment that sticks in the memory of the reader.

Try these prompts below to spark your own ideas.

How do you feel as you are waiting for your ride home from the theatre?

How would you describe your evening to the person sitting next to you in the bus/train/car?

Was the ending a surprise?  If so what kind of surprise?

If the show was a superhero which one would it be?

If the show had a super power what would that be?

How would you describe it using 3 words?

What kind of insect would it be?

What character sticks in your mind?

What would your favourite character's chat up line be?

How did the music make you feel?

Was the story simple or complex and did this keep you on the end of the seat?

What line can you still remember on the way home?

If the show was a sandwich what sort?

What flavour ice-cream does the end remind you of?

If the show was a flavoured Sandwich sauce topping (ranch, french dressing, honey mustard etc) which one would it be?


cat or dog


How to find your unique signature ending style
05:39

Everyone has an opinion.  Looking at how it is delivered is crucial to a reader taking on board your advice.  Use these ideas on how to make your take on a show instantly grabbable for a reader.

Nailing Your Verdict
02:49

Showing the reader how they can use your verdict of a piece of art or performance means the review is instantly valuable to them.  These tips show you how to increase the value of your perspective to others.

How to make your verdict useful to a reader
04:09

A memorable ending entertains and engages the reader so they do not forget your work.  These ideas give you a range of tools to craft a satisfying ending to your review.

How to give your review a satisfying ending
02:41

Pick the perfect ending to your review.  Polish with a few subedits summarised below and in the resource sheet.

  1. Check the verb ending agrees with the noun  - unlike this example “The theatre curtains closes to mark a dramatic ending”
  2. Check the tense is the same all the way through the review – unlike this example
  3. Cut long sentences in two so that the review has an even tone to it.
  4. Avoid the passive voice so readers stay engaged. 
  5. Make your verbs strong, sharp and accurate.
  6. Cut out ‘very’ and ‘really’
  7. Scan through and cut out any information that is not needed.
  8. Always take out things you are not sure about (‘if in doubt.. leave it out!’).

“The actor delivers Hamlet with perfect timing.  The historic props reflected his style.”


Close the review with a pun or a quote or an 'aha' moment - use between one to three sentences for this.

Put all the pieces together in the order that tells a story or makes the most sense.  The resource sheet can help with this.

How to finish fast by telling a story by the deadline
03:16

Check back on your understanding of ways you can make your reviews even more valuable and grabbable for your reader.

How to use reviews to boost your traffic
4 questions
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Bonus 1: 7 Easy steps to boost traffic to your blog
7 Lectures 30:33

Pinpoint the ways you can make the most of your uploaded review so that the most people benefit from your hard work and talent.

Repurposing your work is great approach and the checklist below outlines more ideas for this so you get the most out of your writing.

How to plan a strategy to attract more readers
03:34

Create a video slide show of your new season summaries or historical pieces about local theatres and draw a wider audience to your reviews

Get readers to your site using youtube
08:26

Get your latest review in front of more readers

Send people to your reviews using Pinterest
03:18

Make audio reviews to connect with podcast audiences

Make a review podcast fast with Garageband
05:10

Easy to use apps can make small videos fast that will promote your reviews online

Video blogs and Photography tips
02:22

Get a strategy to spread your work all over a theatre festival

Going Viral at A Festival
03:12

FAQ about websites

Q and A 1 about websites
04:31
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Bonus 2 - Motivation Exercises to keep writing
9 Lectures 26:15

A great way to stick at something is to follow what you enjoy.  Check back on your process of writing a review to maximise the fun of it using these tips.

And don't forget to tap into the benefits of being a reviewer!

Theatre Reviewing ... What's the deal?

There are a number of advantages to writing a theatre review not least what it can do for building your own tribe!

Review writing slowly builds up an audience who rely on you. They do not want to spend their time trawling the net for basic information you easily provide about running times and dates of a show they are interested in.

 Readers will want to see the next hot thing you write about. As a reward for your hard work you typically get two free tickets, a programme and interval drinks.

(Remember theatre critics get the best seats in the house!)

The chance to see something for free that you would not normally buy a ticket to is another advantage. 

Some of the highlights I have enjoyed as a theatre critic are the best seats at a sold out West End play with an international star that none of my pals could get tickets to see. With opera seats starting at around £100 crafting a review can be more than worth the time it takes in return for two free tickets.


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You do NOT need to become an expert on what you are watching but you do need to do one thing. That is - You need to be authentic. Just be honest and real about what you see. It's that simple.

However... sometimes it has taken me several hours to write a review. Especially when I first started out. Over 200 reviews later and 2 in The Guardian Newspaper (whoop!) I figured out a few short cuts. So this course gives you the blueprint to put your own opinions into a format that creates a good looking, useful and robust theatre review in not much time. Because we are all busy.

As a critic you will discover brand new shows you may not other wise have seen, move forward with your writing ambitions with invites to ‘Press Only’ events and rise up to new horizons!

Don't forget to take business cards with your theatre blog website on to the theatre with you and gain more traction from mingling before and after the show.

If you get the chance to go to a Press Night you also get the chance to connect with artists from the theatre company, fellow reviewers and journalists who can often offer helpful tips on writing about theatre.


Hopefully this has got you excited to start putting your reviews out there, it's never too late and it's certainly never too early! This course shows you how to easily publish your review step by step and at every stage it's up to you how you want to do it.




How to write about what you love
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Let these tips to try out new ways of recording your ideas to find the one that fits your lifestyle best.

5 tips to find out what will work for you
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Trying out different styles of work and events is a great way to discover the art form you enjoy writing about best. Boldly review something brand new like an art exhibition using this overview of an easy way to approach the work.

How to review an Art Exhibition
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The joy of seeing your name as the author of a piece of work is a great buzz no matter how many articles you have had published.  Use this goal as a top motivation booster and/or add to your reward with the ideas in this video.

How to use the finish line to write faster
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Use the benefits that theatre reviewing can bring a critic as motivation to complete the course

ACTION - Make your goals linked with a prize so we can keep that in front of our eyes.

HERES THE HOW TO - Cut out an image of your big win for example more visitors to your blog and pin this near your work desk

Techniques to make a start right now
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Find the signature style of your writing

Easy ways to find your authentic voice
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ACTION - Make your goals linked with a prize so we can keep that in front of our eyes.

HERES THE HOW TO - Cut out an image of your big win for example more visitors to your blog and pin this near your work desk

Module Recap - Gentle social pressure can be a great motivator.- Share your goal of doing this course in your journal or in a tweet so you have an accountability to your progress.

Aim - Find the best way to announce your goal of uploading a theatre review online to someone.

Possible solutions - use a journal, tell a friend or tweet to the world.

Action to take now - Set a date for uploading your review and record this goal somewhere before you move on.


Be accountable - your style to keep your head in the game

Experiencing easy success will transfer to your reader

How to set a writing goal you enjoy working towards
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Use five minutes of spare time to boost productivity and get writing done faster

Focus on how the show made you feel

Action - Write three sentences describing the set or costume or music - compare it to something it reminds you of

A meditation to find words to describe the Theatre set
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ACTION - Make a list of websites to send a written theatre review to

HERES THE HOW TO - Fill out this form after researching the sites online

A quick Overview of Arts Reviewing Online
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Bonus 3 - How to generate ideas for your next article
9 Lectures 21:24

To expand your portfolio reach out into other areas of writing that is still linked to what you love.  This short guide shows you areas to look at for topics you can write about quickly.

Two techniques to pick out easy ideas to write about
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How to make the most of your time as a reviewer at an Arts Festival

How to write a review at Fringe Festivals
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Events hosted at theatres is a great way to meet the staff and find out interesting stories your readers will enjoy.  Use this guide to create a list of exciting questions you can ask to complete your feature article fast.

How to make a popular feature out of a Theatre Tour
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Look for interesting parts of the theatre to photograph to make an arts festival come to life for the reader

24 hours at Edinburgh Fringe - Photo tips
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Discover fast ways to find information about free shows to start your review before the performance

How to review Free Shows
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Your existing work is a great resource.  Find out how you can repurpose all the writing you have already completed to build your profile as an expert author.

How to mine the Gold in your hills - creatively
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Pick up a 'What's On' guide from your local theatre and flick through whilst you listen to this feature idea.

Make a feature useful to your community by browsing a 'What's On' Guide
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Use novel ideas being used in the Theatre to create a review of the all round experience visitors can expect.

Pinpoint the Feature of your review in a Lunch Hour
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Describe well known plays to a reader in a way that brings out new ideas

have done - three sentences describing the event itself - an outline of wether the show you are writing about is part of a festival, a national tour or a one off event. Assemble the information to guide your reader to it.

How to Review a well known Classic
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About the Instructor
Lita Doolan
4.5 Average rating
58 Reviews
3,416 Students
3 Courses
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Theatre critic and writer with over 200 reviews published. I have had 2 reviews published with The Guardian, 3 Art reviews on the Saatchi Gallery website and blogged about the Edinburgh Fringe for Whatsonstage. I have won two writing awards from Oxfordshire Theatre Company and the Oxford Playhouse. I review regularly for Daily Information.