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How to Write About Theatre

Mark Fisher

DOI: 10.5040/9781472520579

ISBN: 9781472520548

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. 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. This inspirational book shows you the way to do it.

Foreword by Chris Jones, Chief theater critic, Chicago Tribune

'A perfect introduction to what could be a lifetime of pleasure in and around theatres … Mark Fisher has written an intelligent and insightful manual 'for critics, students and bloggers' that will help those studying theatre criticism to understand their chosen trade and pursue it more effectively.' British Theatre Guide

'Whatever else you read this autumn, Mark Fisher's new book How to Write About Theatre (Bloomsbury) has to be top of the list. If you've ever tapped out so much as a tweet about a show (which is in effect a mini self-published review), then this is the book for you. . . . Fisher very helpfully breaks down writing about theatre into two ways of dealing with things such as audience, production, emotions, context and more. He even discusses star ratings, writing about your own bias . . . and how to write about culture, society and politics. Along the way this accessible, moderate, helpful and very thorough book suggests learn-the-ropes exercises. Whether you're a highly experienced writer about theatre or a raw beginner desperate for advice and training, there is something for you here.' The Stage