Young Critics On The Edge- Panel Discussion – Full Audio

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Young Critics On The Edge Panel Discussion Photo Credit: Alan King 

On Thursday July 7th, twelve Young Critics from all across the UK and Ireland met for the final time as part of Young Critics On The Edge.

During this session the Young Critics presented their findings to an audience of Symposium Delegates at BCU Birmingham. Here they discussed their process over the previous four days. They also provided critical responses to the four performances they attended as part of Young Critics On The Edge.

The session was chaired by Anna Galligan from Barnstorm Theatre Company with technical support by Alan King of the National Association for Youth Drama (Ireland)

You can listen to the Full Edited recording of the session here

Or you can listen to the session in smaller sections here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to all the On The Edge Festival staff for all their kindness and goodwill over the five days in Birmingham.

 

Young Critics On The Edge  is a collaboration between Barnstorm Theatre Company,NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama) Ireland and Mess Up The Mess, Get the Chance (Wales) in conjunction with the Symposium strand of theASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016.

 

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Brush – A Review by Saoirse Anton, Young Critic On The Edge

Brush

Brush Theatre Company

Birmingham Mac

On The Edge Festival

5/7/16

Hailing from South Korea, Brush tells the story of a young boy who, wishing for a younger brother, embarks on a journey to find magic dust that will make his mother have another child.

This production introduces an interesting and largely effective technique of building the settings and scenarios within the piece by gradually creating paintings on large boards at the back of the stage. With sneezing deities and cosily lit up houses, these paintings are a dynamic and impressive addition to the production. However, such visual delights are not enough to sustain a production on their own.

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Brush presented by Brush Theatre Company South Korea

 

Successful audience interaction takes a balancing act of control and flexibility. Throughout the production, the interactions between performers and audience lacked this balance; too often it felt that the performers were talking at rather than to the audience, breaking the fourth wall but leaving the remains just a little too high to get past.

Though Brush is a mixed bag in terms of technique, it is the plot that is the real stumbling block in this production. It may be poorly articulated at times, but the plot presents the audience with a strong message that must be considered when choosing to see this production. The boy wants a brother, and so does his father, but his mother asserts that she does not want to and cannot have another child because she doesn’t have enough money. Though the show does try to teach good lessons about being a sibling, in the end the boy gets the magic dust to make his mother have another child, he gets his way despite his mother’s wishes. This show is aimed at an audience of 4+, an impressionable demographic. Lessons on ideas such as respect and consent are learned early, and such a strong message in a work can influence that (whether it was intentionally presented or it came as a result of one of numerous gaps in the story-telling within this production.)

Brush Theatre company bring to the stage a production that, while it has artistic potential, misses its mark overall and loses its audience frequently. Overall Brush is a visually creative and interesting production that lacks the support of a confidently developed and delivered script.

Brush finished its run at On The Edge on Tuesday July 5th.

Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge .

Learn about more Young Critics that are On The Edge here 

Young Critics On The Edge  is a collaboration between Barnstorm Theatre Company,NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama) Ireland and Mess Up The Mess, Get the Chance (Wales) in conjunction with the Symposium strand of the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016.

 

Young Critics On The Edge -Reflections from Day 2- Why are we here? By Saoirse Anton

On Sunday July 3rd, twelve young people from across the UK and Ireland arrived in Birmingham for On The Edge The World Festival of Theatre For Young Audiences.

In our latest blog post, Saoirse Anton from Irleand asks herself the biggest question of all, Why are we here? 



Young Critic On The Edge Saoirse Anton & fellow Young Critic Tejal Mandalia. Photo : Alan King



Why are we here? 


No, I don’t mean in the grand scheme of things, (though if you have the answer to that, feel free to contact me; I’ll be the Irish one wandering round Birminghamin a long skirt with her nose stuck in a map) but why are we at On The Edge, why should we be interested in theatre for young audiences? 


After a long day of workshops, we here at Young Critics On The Edge came up with many questions (and quite a few answers), but the most interesting ones were, naturally, around theatre for young audiences.


Why do we make theatre for young audiences?


Do we make it to educate, do we want to just entertain, or maybe both? Perhaps we want to share our passion and ensure the continuation of our artform? Maybe we want to make connections between generations, or maybe practitioners just find it fun. Did we find one answer? No. Most likely, it’s all of these and more. Today is only day two, but if anything, I expect that over the next few days we will find more answers rather than narrowing the list down and that is an exciting prospect.


Update  Day 3 . 


Today it was into the theatre with our first two shows of the festival. Provided I don’t get irretrievably lost in Birmingham finding our next venue, I’ll be putting pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard) and reviewing Boing andBrush, so keep an eye out here and onwww.sittingonthefourthwall.wordpress.com.


Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge .

Learn about more Young Critics that are On The Edge here 

Young Critics On The Edge  is a collaboration between Barnstorm Theatre Company,NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama) Ireland and Mess Up The Mess, Get the Chance (Wales) in conjunction with the Symposium strand of the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016.

Meet these Young Critics that are On The Edge (PT 1)

On the 3rd of July, 12 Young Critics from across Ireland and the UK will descend upon Birmingham for the THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.

In the run up to to the Festival we will be profiling the Young Critics who will participating at On the Edge 

First up it’s Saoirse and Andy from Ireland. Both were participants on the National Association for Youth Drama’s Young Critics programme in 2013 and 2014 respectively

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Saoirse Anton – Young Critic On The Edge

 

I was an NAYD Young Critic in 2013, having been involved in Youth Theatre since I was about 13. Now, 3 years later, I have just finished my second year of English Literature and Drama in Trinity College Dublin. Alongside University, I author my own theatre-based blog, Sitting on the Fourth Wall,as well as writing for The Reviews Hub, University Times, and TCD Rant & Rave. I have also worked on a number of arts and theatre projects recently, including sitting on a number of Arts Council panels, being part of the panel presenting the Dublin 2020 European Capital of Culture bid, speaking at Theatre Forum’s APAC 2015 and 2016, and mentoring in theatre criticism with NAYD.

I’m looking forward to the chance to revisit the Young Critics model with new people in a new format and build on what I learned first time round with the experience I have since, and have an action packed week in the ever-exciting world of theatre for young audiences!

Andrew McLoughlin

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Andy McLoughlin – Young Critic On The Edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A member of Droichead Youth Theatre since 2013, Andy has been involved in Young Critics for almost as long as he’s been watching theatre. Following key roles in Around The World in Eighty Days and The Laramie Project, at the moment Andy is involved in compiling an anthology of original plays as part of Droichead Youth Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations. Currently studying Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Sociology in Trinity College Dublin, he has a particular interest in the opportunities and difficulties in using narrative to explore social issues. This question will be at the fore of Droichead Youth Theatre’s upcoming adaptation of Tom Swift’s The Leaving.

Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge 

Young Critics On The Edge  is a collaboration between Barnstorm Theatre Company,NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama) Ireland and Mess Up The Mess, Get the Chance (Wales) in conjunction with the Symposium strand of the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016.