British Council Nigeria Young Critics Programme 2017 for Young Writers & Journalists.

Application Deadline: 26 January 2017

British Council Nigeria in partnership with the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) and Guardian Newspapers Nigeria has developed a Young Critics Programme as part of Lagos Theatre Festival. In 2017, the programme will train and mentor twenty (20) young writers and journalists (aged 18 -35) in theatre criticism. The 20 participants trained will subsequently be inducted into IATC.

The 2017 workshop will hold from 1 – 4 March 2017 alongside Lagos Theatre Festival. The workshop will include classroom teaching from IATC members from Europe and Nigeria and fieldwork in the form of review writing by the participants during the festival with mentoring from the IATC facilitators. The training will be certified by IATC.

Reviews produced by the participants will be published online by Guardian Newspapers and syndicated by other media platforms.

Guardian Newspapers Nigeria will also publish a selection of the reviews by project participants in print. The workshop is free of charge to all participants


Selected participants will

  • Have demonstrated interest in the performing arts or have experience working as a journalist
  • Be aged between 18 – 35 years of age
  • Reside in Nigeria or any country in West Africa
  • Preference shall be given to applicants with some experience in theatre criticism or journalism

Workshop Information

  • Workshop Dates: 1 – 4 March 2017
  • Participants within Lagos will get a daily transport stipend of N2, 500 per day; participants from outside Lagos will be put in accommodation provided by British Council and transported to the workshop venue each day.
  • Lunch and dinner will be provided for all participants from 1- 4 March.

Workshop Methodology

  • First there will be workshops by the mentors who will explain the basic skills of theatre criticism and show the participants different examples of writings as well as encourage them to participate in analysing written texts. Thereafter, the participants will be divided into groups of five people each and required to watch and review designated performances daily.
  • Each day the participants will attend workshops for approximately five hours with their mentors who will discuss, edit and publish good reviews of theatre productions written and submitted by the participants.
  • The workshop will be delivered in English only.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the British Council Nigeria Young Critics Programme 2017 


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