Scottish Stage is the website of theatre critic, teacher and editor Mark Brown. Mark is currently theatre critic of the Scottish national newspaper the Sunday Herald and Scottish critic of the Daily Telegraph. A professional theatre critic and arts writer since 1994, he has written for a wide variety of publications including The Herald, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The Guardian, the New Statesman, the Sunday Times, Sunday BusinessBusiness AMThe List, the Toronto Star (Canada) and Inside Film (Australia).

On this blog you will find all of Mark’s writings from September 2011 forward, plus a selection of archived material dating back to the late 1990s.


An additional biographical note on Mark Brown

Mark’s critical writings have been translated into Czech, Farsi, Finnish, German, Polish, Portuguese and Slovene. His work has appeared in a number of theatre journals, including: New Theatre Quarterly (Cambridge University Press); the international webjournal Critical StagesSinais de Cena [Signs of the Stage] (Portuguese Association of Theatre Critics/Lisbon University); German journal Theater der Ziet; Slovenian journal Maska; and Czech journal Svět a Divadlo [World and Theatre]. 

Mark is particularly engaged in the study of the theatre of the leading English dramatist Howard Barker. He is editor of the book Howard Barker Interviews 1980-2010: Conversations in Catastrophe (Intellect Books, 2011) and is a contributor to the collections, Howard Barker’s Art of Theatre, edited by David Ian Rabey and Sarah Goldingay (Manchester University Press, 2013) and Howard Barker’s Theatre: Wrestling With Catastrophe, edited by James Reynolds and Andy W. Smith (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Other publications include the book Oily Cart: All Sorts of Theatre for All Sorts of Kids, as compiler and editor (Trentham Books, 2012) and a chapter in the collection Theatre Criticism: Changing Landscapes, edited by Duška Radosavljevic (Bloomsbury, 2016).

He is a regular guest lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.


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