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The Stage Critic Search 2016 launches

The Stage Critic Search 2015 winner Dave Fargnoli The Stage Critic Search 2015 winner Dave Fargnoli
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This week The Stage launches its second nationwide competition to discover and promote talented emerging theatre critics.

Open to anyone over the age of 18, The Stage Critic Search 2016 will award one writer a £1,000 prize and the chance to review regularly for The Stage.

Last year’s winner, Dave Fargnoli, described the competition as “an unparalleled springboard into the industry”.

“As with every creative career, chances to break into criticism don’t come along too often and it’s even rarer that you’ll be paid for the privilege,” he said.

Reviews editor Natasha Tripney said The Stage was committed to “developing new critical voices around the country” and to championing arts journalism at a time when “other media outlets are cutting back on their coverage”.

Entries for the award will be judged by Tripney, The Stage print editor Alistair Smith, and Mark Shenton, lead critic at The Stage. They are joined by Rachel O’Riordan, artistic director of Sherman Theatre Cymru, Bush Theatre artistic director Madani Younis, and playwright Anna Jordan.

All entries will be anonymised with a shortlist compiled. Shortlisted candidates will receive mentoring from critics including Lyn Gardner, Henry Hitchings and Sam Marlowe.

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