Natasha Tripney

Natasha Tripney

Biography

Natasha is The Stage's reviews editor and joint lead critic.

Recent Articles

We must be more open about the financial reality of working in the arts

We must be more open about the financial reality of working in the arts

Everyone working in the arts is struggling at the moment, but greater openness about the realities of working situations, wealth and the cushion it creates will help, says Natasha Tripney
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‘Festival of Brexit’ is an exercise in nation-branding that’s likely to prove divisive

‘Festival of Brexit’ is an exercise in nation-branding that’s likely to prove divisive

There’s so much focus on what Festival UK 2022 isn’t, says Natasha Tripney, that it’s hard to imagine what it might be instead
Stopgap to mainstay: how digital is pushing theatre into new territory

Stopgap to mainstay: how digital is pushing theatre into new territory

While theatremakers initially responded to the Covid crisis by creating film versions of staged shows, they are increasingly exploring digital techniques to move beyond boundaries with experimental yet accessible work
Has lockdown shown us how we can make theatre more international?

Has lockdown shown us how we can make theatre more international?

The pandemic has seen international theatres make available a vast array of work to be watched, debated and analysed. As our attentions switch to reopening physical venues, this must not be lost, says Natasha Tripney
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Belarus Free Theatre needs our support – we cannot afford to look away

Belarus Free Theatre needs our support – we cannot afford to look away

With four of its members arrested following protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election, the exiled company is in desperate straits, says Natasha Tripney. British theatremakers must offer compassion, solidarity and action, no matter how perilous our own situation might be
Melancholy mined: how Stan’s Cafe is unlocking ancient advice in the digital age

Melancholy mined: how Stan’s Cafe is unlocking ancient advice in the digital age

For almost 30 years, Stan’s Cafe has created eclectic, thought-provoking plays that explore complex ideas. Rather than releasing film of previous productions during the theatre shutdown, artistic director James Yarker explains why the company has chosen to create new work for the digital medium
Fountain of youth: Is there too much focus on the young in theatre?

Fountain of youth: Is there too much focus on the young in theatre?

This is an unusually tough time to be entering the theatre industry, says Natasha Tripney, particularly for career switchers and people over 30. She asks, is theatre too focused on attracting young people?
The government's 11th-hour rescue package brings relief, but not gratitude

The government's 11th-hour rescue package brings relief, but not gratitude

While the £1.57 billion arts package does feel as if a heavy weight has been lifted, Natasha Tripney explains why she does not feel obliged to thank Oliver Dowden
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