After a successful first season at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the NIC has again selected a team of specialist critics who will each focus on niche or genre performance over a six-night stay at the Fringe.
The NIC scheme was launched by Laura Kressly and Katharine Kavanagh to support the work of independent critics and facilitate their continued practise, whilst generating visibility for arts that regularly slip below the radar of the mainstream press.
Whilst this critical coverage is an increasingly valuable resource for the arts industry, the work remains largely unpaid and the cost of visiting Edinburgh during Fringe season can be prohibitive. By joining forces to rent an apartment as a group, the costs are considerably lowered.
The Network of Independent Critics’ aims to:
- Provide accommodation for independent critics to cover Edinburgh Festival Fringe without breaking the bank.
- Enable increased media coverage of niche interest and emerging work, which struggles to find representation in the mainstream press.
- Provide a support system, not a publishing platform, for established and developing critics who work independently for little or no pay.
- Select participants based on passion, knowledge and a proven track record within their chosen area of the performing arts industry.
Each critic will see a minimum of 15 performances within their specialist area, and their responses may include traditional written reviews, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, tweets and visual responses. Last year, over 400 reviews were produced by 19 participating critics, as well as additional social media content and reportage.
The critics for 2017 are:
Eve Allin: new writing & student work
Saoirse Anton: children’s theatre
Tiffany Asta: musical theatre & cabaret
Charlotte Coster: book adaptations
Alexandra Gray: dance
Hannah Greenstreet: feminist & LGBTQIA work
Jess Howley-Wells: sexual politics & gender identity
David James: performance art & experimental theatre
Jafar Iqbal: BAME performance
Beth Lawless: physical theatre
Marianna Meloni: new writing
Callum Moorin: stand-up & comedy
Meagan Mulgrew: classics & classical adaptations
Rebecca Nice: circus & physical theatre
Holly O’Mahony: emerging talent
Kathryn Osenlund: political theatre & performer process
Daniel Perks: solo performance
Francesca Peschier: visual/scenography-led work
Rosie Snell: new writing
Joanna Trainor: non-UK comedy
James Waygood: LGBTQIA theatre
Chanel Williams: dance & new musical theatre