• Play the critic
  • Play the critic
  • Play the critic
  • Play the critic
  • Play the critic

Play the Critic

Play the Critic

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Subject: Drama English

Responding to a live theatre production.

Play the Critic brings leading theatre critics into your classroom to mentor drama and English students on 'the art of review writing'. Sharing their expertise and 'top tips', the critics flag-up the essential components of a good review using the National Theatre's award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time as a case study.

Use the bite-size films (Tips 1 – 5), together with the accompanying exercises, to illustrate each point.

Teacher-led Exercises can be used for whole group teaching.

Student Exercises are for students to enjoy working on independently.

The Resources include:

Introductory film: What's the purpose of a review?

Production film: Deconstructing two scenes from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time to demonstrate how different production elements convey meaning - with playwright Simon Stephens and critic Andrew Dickson considering 'the world of the play'.

Tips 1 – 5 films

Key elements of critiquing and writing

  • Tip 1: Justify Your Opinion
  • Tip 2: Start with a Catchy Opening Line
  • Tip 3: Make Choices about your Content
  • Tip 4: Be Lively and Precise
  • Tip 5: Edit, Edit, Edit

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