Do we need a more diverse pool of critics?

Convener(s): Amardeep Sohi  @AmardeepSohi1

Participants: George Mann


Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:

We need to see a diversity of opinion and criticism if we are to reach the widest audience possible. 

Discussion threw up some interesting points about:

  • The current pool is made up of white middle class critics.
  • Do we receive criticism from an ethnic perspective?
  • Why are there are no Black or Asian theatre critics?
  • Shouldn’t we be making the most of our cultural diversity?
  • Is there anyone to blame?
  • Are we making theatre less accessible if the same people are writing about it?
  • What role do national newspapers play in giving a platform to new voices?