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Mark Fisher
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Follow me on Twitter at MarkFFisher, WriteAboutTheat and LimelightXTC I am a freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. I am also editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide.
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Monday, March 06, 2006

The cruelty of a one-star review

Should I have been kinder in my one-star review of 7:84's Free-Fall today in The Guardian? In normal circumstances, it'd be just another show, but the company is under threat of closure because of funding cuts from the Scottish Arts Council and it's cruel to kick a man when he is down. I wondered about giving it two stars, but the only reason I could think of for a second star was I felt sorry for the company. That didn't seem to be a very good reason. Still, the show has received three-star reviews elsewhere (even a four-star in one case), so it's only my opinion.

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