Young Critics

Our pilot Young Critics group is made up of nine young people aged 17 – 24 who will be working with us over the next six months to produce responses to theatre both here at the Almeida and across London. As well as having the opportunity to watch a huge variety of theatre, they’ll develop the skills to engage with the work produced on stage more rigorously.

They will have a chance to explore different journalistic styles from formal written reviews, podcasts, blogging and filmed interviews in order to capture their responses.

At the end of their time with us, we hope that the young critics will continue to engage with theatres independently, with the knowledge of how to access tickets aimed at young audiences and to have made long lasting connections with peers and theatre professionals. 

Introducing our Young Critics: 

Caitlin Hobbs
Age:
22
Which actor would you cast as you in a play of your life? 
Lydia Wilson after she killed it in cheek by Jowl T's Play. Or Miley Cyrus. 
What's the greatest play never written?
I'd love to see Mad Men on stage. There are so many great TV sets I'd love to see made again for theatre. 
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Callum McCartney
Age:
22
What's the greatest play never written?
50/50 live hosted by Dave Benson Phillips, Raven assisting with Richard O'Brien ushering. Perfect nostalgia. 
What excites you about theatre?
An audience could have travelled from anywhere to sit in the same room as you, to watch the same show as you and be in the same space as you. As an audience we'll watch a show where people can assemble to watch anything.
What's the soundtrack to your Friday afternoon?
"Reach Out" by the Four Tops. 
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Chisara Agor 
Age:
22
What excites you about theatre?
The infinite possibilities it can have, it's power to personally touch you regardless of your ethnicity, class, gender; it's amazing universality. 
If you could pick a character to rule the world, who would it be?
The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland
What's the soundtrack to your Friday afternoon?
Any music that can make me dance and dream. 
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Chloe Evans
Age:
22
What excites you about theatre?
The idea that a theatre show can change somebody's outlook on life.
What makes you sad?
When people stand on the left side of the escalator but don't walk!
What's the soundtrack to your Friday afternoon?
"That's Life" - Frank Sinatra.
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Ellie-Mae Turner-Wood
Age:
17
What excites you about theatre?
I love the subjectivity of a performance and hearing everyone's own interpretation. I also love leaving the theatre to the buzz of everyone's reactions.
What’s the soundtrack to your Friday afternoon?  It has to be any of the High School Musical soundtracks. I am a sucker for those big theatrical numbers.
What makes you happy?  A good book that I can re-read over and over again and every McFly album ever. 
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Jordana Belaiche
Age:
21
What excites you about theatre?
The smell.
What's the greatest play never written?
'Belinda Blinks' - the musical. 
If you could pick a character to rule the world, who would it be?
Can't we just erase all hierarchies? 
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Monica Siyanga
Aqe:
24
What's the greatest play never written?
A play about ants (there was a movie though).
What's the soundtrack to your Friday afternoon?
Steve Winwood: "Back in the High Life Again". 
What makes you happy?
Music. Good people. Good food. Good/great coffee. 
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Xavier Pillai 

Age: 22
Which actor would you cast as you in the play of your life?
From my early life I'd go with Tessa Thompson then as I age I'd become Sendhil Ramamurthy over time. 
What excites you about theatre?
Using the phrase "everything's theatre" about things that are definitely not theatre. Having an endless debate about what constitutes theatre.
What's the greatest play never written?
A play about Zaha Hadid that would involve rebuilding her designs in massive set pieces on stage and constantly changing the auditorium itself. 
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Amelia Joan Lock
Age: 24
If you could pick a character to rule the world, who would it be?
Crazy Gary form Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco, written by Gary Owen.
What's the soundtrack to your Friday afternoon?
Frank Ocean "Channel Orange".
Where do you feel most at home?
On stage.
What makes you happy?
Music.

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