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What a very neat idea and not before time, says she who wrote many theatre reviews for her original R&V website without any advice, merely instinct! It was important to me to remark upon those aspects which didn’t work in a decent manner and not one fashioned to make the cheap gibes and headlines of which some are guilty.
It angered and still angers me when the parts of a production that don’t work are wrongly attributed. How often have I seen a critic blame the actors when it’s clear to me and many others that the director is at fault. Or vice versa. This is equally true on the positive side. I was in a couple of productions where the director did not know what he or she was doing and that the play came together at all was because the company pulled together, worked without the director, and saved the show from a savaging. The directors on both these occasions got all the credit. And a director often gets the blame when the actors are less than talented and unable to ‘take direction’ or the play itself is at fault.
In any case, Mark Fisher knows his theatre and I believe How to Write about Theatre is to be welcomed wholeheartedly, especially as I have seen some appallingly written pieces masquerading as theatre reviews, particularly on the internet.
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