Young Critics On The Edge- Panel Discussion – Full Audio


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.



Young Critics on the Edge – Reflections on Day 3 by Ellie Woolman

Today we hear from Young Critic On The Edge Ellie Woolman from Plymouth. 

Yesterday  we watched the first two of the four shows of On The Edge festival this week: Boing! and Brush.

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Young Critic On The Edge – Ellie Woolman

First of all, it was a new experience for me to sit in a theatre full of 3-7 year olds. At both shows, crowds of young school children gathered nearest to the stage. I didn’t quite realise how much joy it would give me, to witness these small children seeing what could quite possibly be their first theatre production; their faces beamed from the moment the lights went down,  until they were ushered away at the end. They laughed, danced,  gasped, shouted throughout and just generally showed the most refreshing enthusiasm I’ve experienced in a theatre in a long time, it definitely made my time there more enjoyable too.

Seeing these children, of all ages,  experience the exciting, immersive theatre from On The Edge festival reminded me why its so important for opportunities like this for young people to be able to experience theatre. During one of our first workshop sessions this week,  the group brainstormed reasons why theatre should be created for young people: it should entertain, provide a form of escapism,  inspire,  tell a story, teach a lesson.

I think that programmes like On The Edge are fantastic as they open doors to such a variety of young people, to help build foundations to promote further cultural and social development as well as to spark an interest in this ever growing,  exciting industry.  Today just really reminded me why we are all in this together, excited for the future of theatre for young people.


Jude Merrill from Travelling Light Theatre Company meets with the Young Critics to discuss Boing! Photo: Alan King


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.