From 2012 – 2016, I ran the theatre-review blog thespellofwakinghours. While I was willing to describe a show as I saw it, it was always out of a profound love and respect for the theatrical form, as well as a desire to see honest theatre criticism and a high calibre of theatre, and never out of disrespect for the production or the artists involved.
This is a sample of some of the divisive and/or more significant pieces of criticism (alongside a few of my favourites) that were written during that time.
During the same time, I was a Sydney theatre reviewer for artsHub; a collection of those reviews can be found here.
10/2/2014 - Babyteeth (Belvoir | 2012)
This was one of the first productions I reviewed for the blog, and at the time I was still unsure how to write a review as such (even though I’d read countless others in the papers). It struck me as the one piece on the blog that I’d most like to rewrite, so two years after I saw it, I sat down and wrote this piece.
4/3/2014 - Jump For Jordan (Griffin Theatre Company)
9/3/2014 - The Seagull (State Theatre Company of South Australia)
3/7/2014 - Hedda Gabler (Belvoir)
This remains one of the most controversial pieces I wrote on the blog. It ruffled more than a few feathers, taught me a couple of things about writing criticism, and clocked up 600 hits in three days. I still stand by everything I wrote then.
12/8/2014 - The Bitterness of Pomegranates (Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS))
8/11/2014 - Switzerland (Sydney Theatre Company)
8/3/2015 - What Rhymes with Cars and Girls (Melbourne Theatre Company)
28/5/2015 - She Only Barks at Night (Living Room Theatre)
13/10/2015 - Manic Pixie Dream World (SUDS & Verge Festival)
22/11/2015 - Orlando (Sydney Theatre Company)
2/12/2015 - Hamlet (Montague Basement)
25/1/2016 - The Golden Age (Sydney Theatre Company)
8/4/2016 - The Great Fire (Belvoir)
28/5/2016 - Things I Know To Be True (State Theatre Company of South Australia)
29/7/2016 - Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Belvoir)
23/9/2016 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sydney Theatre Company)