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Mark Aspen:          Mark is an experienced theatre reviewer and critic.  He was theatre critic of the Richmond and Twickenham Times from 2002 until 2009 and was a reviewer for the Newsquest publishing group.  His reviews have been published widely on-line and in the traditional press, including in the Croydon Gazette, The Surrey Comet, and the South London Gazette. As an actor, director and writer on the professional, fringe and club theatre stage, Mark brings a wealth of practical and personal knowledge to add to his love of the theatre, be it drama, opera or dance.

Celia Bard:                Celia trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has long been interested in all aspects of the performing arts, including musical theatre and performance poetry.  She is involved in drama activities with young people of all ages and for many years regularly reviewed theatre on the London fringe.

Eugene Broad:         Eugene’s wide reviewing activities encompass music, travel, and chess. He recently reviewed the grandmaster chess tournaments in London.  Eugene studied music and is a pianist and avid concert and opera-goer.

Thomas Forsythe:  Thomas is an established professional actor and has worked for Punchdrunk and for the English National Opera.  Whilst his background is in drama, he has a wide interest in musicals and opera.  With a wide knowledge of fringe and emerging theatre, Thomas encourages new drama, new companies and new spaces.

Suzanne Frost:        Suzanne’s career moved from professional ballet dancer to journalism. Publishing in dance magazines eventually led to work as a dramaturge at the opera in Berlin.   She is currently studying for a Master’s degree.  Suzanne writes a monthly advertorial for the opera and occasionally publishes for tanzraum.berlin, an online platform mainly for modern dance.

Ed Harris:                 Ed writes and directs for the stage and for broadcast media. He is also a published writer on historical subjects and is well-known locally as the curator of the Twickenham Museum.

Eleanor Lewis:                 Eleanor has a degree in the arts and previously worked for literary and artists’ agents where she could view the arts world from the inside.  She is now a teacher and writer. Eleanor has been involved with the theatre for many years in many guises.   As an avid follower of a wide range of performing arts, she now concentrates on expressing her enjoyment in her writing.

Eleanor Marsh:       Eleanor comes from a theatrical family and is a singer and actress with extensive experience gained from the London Fringe and provincial theatre.  She is equally comfortable in operetta, variety, cabaret, musical theatre and straight plays, having often undertaken a mix of several of the above in a repertory-type environment.  She is a keen writer and has produced reviews for a range of media across London and the Home Counties.

Georgia Renwick:  Georgia is an actress who was also part of the King’s Head Theatre production team before returning to University. She is currently reading for a master’s degree in Dramaturgy at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Georgia is passionate about a wide range of arts, including literature, photography and fashion, and regularly writes on these subjects.

Viola Selby:           Viola is a published writer and avid theatre-goer.  She has been an award winning writer with the Kent Creative Writers Society and with the University of Kent at Canterbury.  She has a particular expertise in film.

Mary Stoakes:       Mary has a long established critical interest in the performing arts and was a theatre reviewer for The Richmond and Twickenham Times until 2009.  Mary has been involved in the support of music and drama, particularly of young people.  Mary’s particular interest is in music and musical theatre.  She enthusiastically supports the promotion and encouragement of the arts in all its forms.

Melissa Syversen:    Melissa is a Norwegian writer, actress and dramaturg.  She completed her acting training at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and is currently carrying out postgraduate studies in Theatre Criticism at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  Melissa has written widely about theatre back in Norway.

Cliff Tapstand:       Cliff has a wide knowledge of rhythm ‘n’ blues, rock and jazz, although he is better known for his photography. He is a familiar face in the local music scene, and is seen at the top gigs in the Richmond area and further afield.

William Vine:           William has a wide knowledge of different fields in the arts, including architecture, drama, music and opera. With a long involvement in the theatre, he regular writes on the performing arts, and occasionally reviews music and opera.

Quentin Weiver:     Quentin has had a long term involvement in the fringe theatre in inner London, but has a wider background in writing, ballet and opera. He has reviewed for the South London Gazette.

 If you would like Mark or one of his associates to review your show, please e-mail him at Mark Aspen e-mail or complete and submit form below.

Reviews on this site are the personal opinions of individual reviewers and do not necessarily represent the views the Mark Aspen site.   Reviewers are independent of any performance under review and are not acting in any judging or adjudicating role for that particular performance.

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