Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2014: Selecting the Best Playwright in the English Language Category

Some insight on the recent Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2014: Selecting the Best Playwright in the English Language Category

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Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2014: Selecting the Best Playwright in the English Language Category

by Phil Morris

The Wales Arts Review readily acknowledges the importance of Guy O’Donnell’s development work with young and ‘third-age’ critics, through his Bridgend-based projects, as we believe that creativity thrives and standards of practice improve in a climate of informed critical debate. We have also proudly supported the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards, which Guy and the Young Critics founded last year, as a forum that brings a welcome focus to recent exciting developments in the Welsh performing arts.

There are those who criticise awards events as exercises in mutual backslapping and marketing, those for whom the very notion of judging artistic work is too highly subjective and reductive. The language of awards categories is unhelpful here – can it really be said that one play is objectively better than others? Of course not…

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