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Chance to play starring role as theatre critic

A touring theatre website is giving wannabe journalists the chance to capture the thrill of covering the world premiere of a play.

Now the search is on to find arts-orientated youngsters who fancy a crack at reporting on the stage version of Pat Barker’s acclaimed World War One novel, Regeneration.

New website is recruiting would-be theatre critics, aged 18 to 25, for the production run of the play at the Royal & Derngate, in Northampton.

Regeneration, adapted by Nicholas Wright and directed by Simon Godwin, premieres on 2 September and runs until 20 September when it goes on tour until 29 November.

The story is set in 1917 at Craiglockhart War Hospital in Scotland, where celebrated WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon has been institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of the war.

For a week starting on 28 August, the young reporters will be granted special access at the theatre to carry out a variety of media assignments including feature interviews with the cast and related experts, video blogs, audience vox pops, crew diaries and backstage tour reports. All articles will be published, with bylines, on

The website’s Young Reporters’ Scheme is approved as part of the Arts Council-funded national arts award and gives an opportunity for youngsters living outside of the capital.

To be considered for the scheme, young people should email a sample of their writing and a couple of story ideas around Regeneration at the Royal & Derngate, pictured above, along with their name, age, address and contact details to [email protected]. Deadline for applications is 15 August, 2014.