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How to Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers (Paperback) (Mark Fisher)
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What do you do if you find yourself weeping in the stalls? How should you react to Jude Law's trousers or David Tennant's hair? Are you prepared to receive toilet paper in the post? What if the show you just damned turns out to be a classic? If you gave it a five-star rave will anyone believe you?
Drawing on his long years of experience as a national newspaper critic, Mark Fisher answers such questions with candour, wit and insight. Learning lessons from history's leading critics and taking examples from around the world, he gives practical advice about how to celebrate, analyse and discuss this most ephemeral of art forms - and how to make your writing come alive as you do so.
Today, more people than ever are writing about theatre, but whether you're blogging, tweeting or writing an academic essay, your challenges as a critic remain the same: how to capture a performance in words, how to express your opinions and how to keep the reader entertained. This inspirational book shows you the way to do it.
Foreword by Chris Jones, Chief theater critic, Chicago Tribune
The distinction between professional critics and the citizen journalist is now extremely blurred. The reader/audience member is the most common sort of arts blogger and, as the publishing industry has discovered, they have a lot of power. How to Write About Theatre examines the way in which opinions once confined to private expression have become part of the public domain, through blogs and social media, and their effect on artistic institutions who are suddenly aware of those who encounter their work in ways they never were before. What's new is not the existence of this opinion but its public airing.
How to Write About Theatre draws on Mark Fisher's 25 years of experience as a theatre critic, as well as his observations of other critics, past and present.