Critically Speaking

is creating Arts criticism

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patrons

$12

per month

BACKGROUND

In 2008, fresh out of university, I realised I could get free tickets to the theatre. Free tickets, maybe a free drink, all for a 300-word review? I was sold! Eleven years later arts criticism is an important part of my life and, in recent years, its a role I'm synonymous with.

I've had the immense privilege of writing for publications such as The Stage, WhatsOnStage and Wales Arts Review, I've made television and radio appearances for the BBC, and I've directly influenced institutional change in the arts. It's been a helluva ride, and I'm touched every time someone tells me that they value my work. But what many people don't realise is that
I get paid little or no money for this pleasurable but very time-consuming job. 2018 was my most prolific and profitable year: I reviewed over 50 productions and made a total profit of under £200. That is roughly £4 a review, though the actual figure is definitely lower.

All artists, companies, venues and arts organisations depend on critical feedback to guide their process - one can't function properly without the other. I believe I provide balanced, constructive, high-quality criticism; but in 2019, there isn't an organisation willing or able to monetise that hard work. I've lost count of how many conversations I've had about this subject (probably with the people reading this right now!) but its now time to stop talking and start acting!!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you appreciate the work I do and would like to help me continue doing it, then I'd be eternally grateful if you could make a monthly donation of just £1 (or $1.30). That's less than you'd pay for half a pint of anything, an ice cream cone, a small cup of coffee or a vegan sausage roll (before tax); it's cheaper than most things these days! This tiny monthly donation - which you probably won't even notice has disappeared from your bank - will mean everything to me. I'll be motivated to keep going, and you'll validate me for the work I do. I never want to stop writing about the arts, and with your small but kind gesture, I won't have to.

BUT ITS NOT JUST ABOUT ME

I'm not the only critic out there who deserves to be paid, which is why I believe this model could have far-reaching benefits. If enough people donate £1, I'll be in a position to bring more critics on board and pay them too. You won't just be helping one person, you'll be helping the critical landscape as a whole. That's pretty amazing. And depending on how much we can raise: who knows?

This could be the start of something special, and you could be at the forefront of that change. All it takes is £1 a month. Join me.

Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month
  • You are directly contributing to my work, and are therefore awesome!
  • You'll have early access to exclusive Patreon content
Goals
$12 of $100 per month
£100 is the equivalent of four paid articles for a national publication, who typically pay £25 for a single review.
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BACKGROUND

In 2008, fresh out of university, I realised I could get free tickets to the theatre. Free tickets, maybe a free drink, all for a 300-word review? I was sold! Eleven years later arts criticism is an important part of my life and, in recent years, its a role I'm synonymous with.

I've had the immense privilege of writing for publications such as The Stage, WhatsOnStage and Wales Arts Review, I've made television and radio appearances for the BBC, and I've directly influenced institutional change in the arts. It's been a helluva ride, and I'm touched every time someone tells me that they value my work. But what many people don't realise is that
I get paid little or no money for this pleasurable but very time-consuming job. 2018 was my most prolific and profitable year: I reviewed over 50 productions and made a total profit of under £200. That is roughly £4 a review, though the actual figure is definitely lower.

All artists, companies, venues and arts organisations depend on critical feedback to guide their process - one can't function properly without the other. I believe I provide balanced, constructive, high-quality criticism; but in 2019, there isn't an organisation willing or able to monetise that hard work. I've lost count of how many conversations I've had about this subject (probably with the people reading this right now!) but its now time to stop talking and start acting!!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you appreciate the work I do and would like to help me continue doing it, then I'd be eternally grateful if you could make a monthly donation of just £1 (or $1.30). That's less than you'd pay for half a pint of anything, an ice cream cone, a small cup of coffee or a vegan sausage roll (before tax); it's cheaper than most things these days! This tiny monthly donation - which you probably won't even notice has disappeared from your bank - will mean everything to me. I'll be motivated to keep going, and you'll validate me for the work I do. I never want to stop writing about the arts, and with your small but kind gesture, I won't have to.

BUT ITS NOT JUST ABOUT ME

I'm not the only critic out there who deserves to be paid, which is why I believe this model could have far-reaching benefits. If enough people donate £1, I'll be in a position to bring more critics on board and pay them too. You won't just be helping one person, you'll be helping the critical landscape as a whole. That's pretty amazing. And depending on how much we can raise: who knows?

This could be the start of something special, and you could be at the forefront of that change. All it takes is £1 a month. Join me.

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Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month
  • You are directly contributing to my work, and are therefore awesome!
  • You'll have early access to exclusive Patreon content