SDTN Online with Mark Fisher: How To Write About Theatre

SDTN Online with Mark Fisher: How To Write About Theatre

A free online workshop for SDTN network students, graduates and education staff to learn how to write critically about theatre with Mark Fisher, one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts.



Thursday 11th June SOLD OUT

Thursday 18th June

On Zoom


Please let us know of any access requirements when booking your ticket. We are keen to make this event as accessible and inclusive as possible.


WHAT do you do if you find yourself weeping in the stalls?

HOW should you react to Jude Law’s trousers or David Tennant’s hair?

ARE you prepared to receive toilet paper in the post?

WHAT if the show you just damned turns out to be a classic?

IF you gave it a five-star rave will anyone believe you?

Drawing on his long years of experience as a national newspaper critic, Mark Fisher answers such questions with candour, wit and insight in How to Write About Theatre, published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Learning lessons from history’s leading critics and taking examples from around the world, he gives practical advice about how to celebrate, analyse and discuss this most ephemeral of art forms – and how to make your writing come alive as you do so.

Today, more people than ever are writing about theatre, but whether you’re blogging, tweeting or writing an academic essay, your challenges as a critic remain the same: how to capture a performance in words, how to express your opinions and how to keep the reader entertained.

Plese note, there will be writing involved in this workshop, so either have a notepad and pen to hand or use your computer. Make sure your audio and video are on so you can ask questions along the way. The more you join in the better your experience will be.

Mark Fisher

Writer / Editor / Critic

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 30 years’ experience, he is a theatre critic for the Guardian, a former editor for the List and a freelance contributor to many publications. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama) and two books on XTC (Mark Fisher LTD).

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