Young Critics


Please note: in line with government advice, our building is currently closed and as such, the summer term of Young Critics will not be taking place. We will update all participants when we have an update.

If you have any questions, please email participation@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk and the team will get back to you.


Nottingham Playhouse Young Critics, (previously called Critics’ Circle), meet fortnightly, giving young people aged 14 – 25 the opportunity to see Nottingham Playhouse productions for free and to consider and analyse what they have seen through a written review and discussion forums.

Young Critics is led by professional Nottingham writer Sara Bodinar, who has worked with film studios and TV production companies all over the world, is a script editor to Amazon best-selling authors, commissioned playwright, and a former Nottingham Post columnist. The Young Critics also meet other established writers and critics.

At fortnightly meetings, including attending Nottingham Playhouse press nights, the Young Critics watch shows, take part in writing skills sessions, share responses and learn from professional writers and one another.

The group’s work is shown on our website, and in other public arenas when possible.

Young Critics is aimed at:

1. Young people keen to develop their writing and critical thinking skills.
2. Students enrolled in creative writing / journalism / media courses within Nottingham universities and colleges.
3. Young people looking for guidance and development towards breaking into professional review writing.

In a typical meeting the Young Critics will:

• Gain notes on their individual reviews.
• Sharpen their critical skills.
• Debate with one another in their responses to the play.
• Understand there are many ways to express an idea or develop an argument and that multiple strategies can be employed to solve a writing problem.

Booking Information

Dates for the next Young Critics sessions will be released soon.

There are usually 5 sessions per term, running from 5 – 7pm, in many cases this will then be followed by watching a show for free. The cost for a full term is £50 including tickets to the show.

Reviews by Young Critics

We regularly post reviews from the group here so keep an eye for what they think of our current season.