Young Critics

Applications are now open for the Young Critics 2018/19

The Almeida Young Critics exists to equip young people between the ages of 16–25 with the ability to critically engage with the arts.

As well as having the opportunity to watch ground breaking new theatre, the Almeida Young Critics experience a wide variety of the arts accessing all disciplines including dance, art and music. Through regular workshops they develop the skills and confidence to deconstruct the arts and cultural industries and ask – how does it work? Through exploring different response styles from formal written reviews, podcasts, blogging and filmed interviews, the critics are able to hone their analytical and creative skills. They also have their own blog!

At the end of their time with us, we hope that the young critics will continue to engage with theatre and the arts independently utilising the critical skills they have developed with us throughout the year. This is a FREE programme and we cover all costs of theatre tickets etc.

How to apply
To apply please fill in the Young Critics Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Both are linked below.
There is also an option to answer the questions on the application form via video recording. If you choose this option please send the Application Form with your details filled out and state ‘VIDEO APPLICATION’ in the questions boxes.

Young Critics Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

The deadline for applications for our Young Artists Programmes is Thursday 13 September

As we endeavour to see all applicants who apply we ask that you attach a recent photo of yourself to the application. This is purely so we are able to put a face to a name so please don’t worry about sending a professional photo!

Selection workshops will take place in an Islington venue on the following dates:

Wednesday 19 September and Thursday 20 September.

We will be in touch in mid-September to confirm your workshop slot.

The Young Critics will take place on Tuesday Evenings at the Almeida Theatre Admin Offices on Upper Street. 

In 2017, the Almeida Young Critics worked with theatre critic and Guardian journalist Maddy Costa as well as curating their own panel event as part of the Almeida for Free: Summer and Smoke festival. They also have a long standing partnership with SOHO Radio where they talk on a fortnightly Arts and Cultural review show.

Read the Young Critics blog.


YoungCritRev     YoungCritsPE