Day 4: On rating systems

Earlier this week, actual, proper theatre critic Lyn Gardner wrote a piece for the Guardian’s theatre blog on the limitations of the star-ratings that now accompany most theatre reviews.  I wonder what she’d make of Arlo’s five faces approach.

Here is his response to Story Pocket Theatre’s Arabian Nights (which we saw together on Tuesday).  I should say up front that this is a show that had already earned a string of 4 and 5 star reviews when it was first performed at the Fringe last year winning The Primary Times' Children's Choice Award.  His earliest verdict, ‘That was really great – I’d like to see that one again’, is perhaps not immediately communicated by the ‘sad face, smiley face, sad face, smiley face, sad face’ that he has drawn.

Read More