Someone asked me the other day how I got into theatre reviewing and I couldn’t really answer it. Then I remembered it was as prosaic as a newspaper editor asking me to do it. They obviously knew I’d done a book review or two and some music and they asked me to do it. Writing for papers was never glamourous. It was sometimes a lot of fun. But it’s just a job. And a very poorly paid one at that. You do the work. File the review. And then you get to do another one if you’re good with not messing up or missing deadlines or mucking people around. That’s it.
So I was a theatre reviewer for a Sunday paper for about a year.
And then I wasn’t. They stopped covering theatre.
And so I started again when I started my own site. Why not? I love going. And it’s good to write about more than one thing.
Here’s my review of Hand To God from a couple of years ago. It was an amazing piece of theatre – an incredible script, talented cast, amazing set, sure direction. It was everything you go for. And a lot more on top of that.
I’m glad to get along as often as I do. It’s a huge privilege.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.