As a part of its commitment to the development of the Nigerian theatre, the British Council Nigeria has partnered with the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) and the Guardian Newspapers to train and mentor twenty people, between ages 18 – 35 in theatre criticism.
The Young Critics Programme was developed as part of 2017 Lagos Theatre Festival and it is opened to Nigerians and residents of West Africa, the Council said in a statement on its website.
It also noted that the participants within Lagos will get a daily transport stipend of N2, 500 per day while those from outside Lagos will be put in accommodation provided by British Council and transported to the workshop venue each day.
The 2017 workshop will hold from 1 – 4 March 2017 alongside Lagos Theatre Festival. It will include classroom teaching from IATC members from Europe and Nigeria and fieldwork in the form of review writing by the participants during the festival with mentoring from the IATC facilitators. The training will be certified by IATC.
Reviews produced by the participants will be published online by The Guardian and syndicated by other media platforms. The Guardian will also publish a selection of the reviews by project participants in print.