Theatre Reviews

Theatre Reviews: Last Word or the Start of a Conversation

On Sunday, 28 January, 3pm, ArtsEquator held its first public forum, “Theatre Reviews: Last Word or the Start of a Conversation”, featuring British theatre critic Lyn Gardner, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival director Sean Tobin, ArtsEquator’s guest editor Corrie Tan, and resident playwright at W!LD RICE, Alfian Sa’at. The conversation was moderated by Kathy Rowland, co-founder of ArtsEquator.

Exploring the role of the theatre critic in relation to artists and audiences, and the evolution of criticism with the emergence of the Internet, the panel discussion spanned around 95 minutes, including an audience Q&A session.

The forum was held as part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2018, at the Centre 42 Black Box.

Here’s a complete recording of the event.

Videography: Paradise Pictures

An initiative by the National Arts Council Singapore. Organised by ArtsEquator Ltd.



About the author(s)

Kathy Rowland is the Managing Editor of, a registered charity that she co-founded with Jenny Daneels in 2016. The site is dedicated to supporting and promoting arts criticism with a regional perspective in Southeast Asia. Kathy has worked in the arts for over 25 years, working in the areas of critical writing and arts advocacy, with a special interest in media platforms for the arts. She is the Project Lead for ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asian Arts and Culture Censorship Documentation Project, launched in 2021. She has written extensively on censorship of arts and culture in Malaysia. She was a member of the International Programme Advisory Committee of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, 2019.

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