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It was with great pleasure that IATC held a very successful international young critics’ seminar in Bucharest, as part of the programme of the National Theatre Festival of Romania, between October 30 and November 4, 2013. Young critics from countries as diverse as South Korea, New Zealand, Canada and, of course, Romania itself worked in two language groups; one in French (monitored by experienced critic Jean-Pierre Han from France), the other in English (monitored by established critic Mark Brown from Scotland/UK). As often in the recent past, the overwhelming majority of applicants to the seminar (and therefore of participants) were women, suggesting that the future of theatre criticism internationally will be increasingly female

The work seen by the seminar participants included an acclaimed staging of Molière’s The School for Wives, presented by the Liviu Rebreanu Company of Târgu-Mures, and a production of Chekhov’s The Seagull, by the German State Theatre of Timisoara, in which the audience joined the actors on the stage of the National Opera Theatre.

IATC thanks the festival for the superb organisation and hospitality it offered to the seminar.

Mark Brown and the English-speaking group in Bucharest.