CRITICAL THEATRE: A Critical Writing Workshop

11 - 12 June at
Ticket Prices: $50 for both days

CRITICAL THEATRE is a critical writing workshop with playwright and critic Sam Brooks.

This two-day writing workshop is for people who want to learn or upskill in how to write critically about and for theatre.

On the first day, participants will discuss criticism on a wider level, and then specifically in relation to theatre, and theatre in New Zealand. After this discussion, they will see the show on in The Basement Studio that night.

On the second day, participants will discuss the show and then learn tools and techniques in translating their views into criticism.

This is a highly participatory workshop that involves a mixture of lead group discussion and learning tools and techniques.

The goals of this workshop are:

  • Discussing what makes a ‘good’ piece of criticism.
  • Engaging with work on an even level with a clear head.
  • Viewing work in a wider context.
  • Analysing theatre in a detached way.
  • How to bring your own experience to writing critically.


Places are limited.
Applicants should send a bio and why they want to do the workshop through to

Sam Brooks is an Auckland-based award-winning playwright and critic. His plays have been produced around the country, and he has written for The Pantograph Punch, The Spinoff, The New Zealand Herald, Canvas Magazine, Express, The Wireless and The Lumiere Reader. He is currently the theatre editor for The Pantograph Punch.