Reportage by the Sea

Become part of the Reportage team, get free access to a range of shows and learn how to develop a killer portfolio of reviews as part of this year’s Reportage by the Sea.

Reportage by the Sea is an exciting new initiative from Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival and ArtfulScribe.  Open to writers aged 18 and over, this fantastic opportunity features two days of Masterclasses led by professional journalists, reviewers, and editors from leading publications including The Guardian, The Independent, NME, Private Eye, What’s On Stage, and Time Out who will teach necessary skills for crafting, editing and publishing work online and in print.

You’ll find out the right questions to ask, the language to use and what to look out for when interviewing cast and performers. You’ll learn how to draft reviews and will receive feedback from editorial support before submitting work to be published on the Reportage by the Sea blog. There’ll also be advice and practical help setting up a blog that can act as your online platform.

You’ll receive tickets to hone your reviewing skills with two evening review opportunities at the Shelley Theatre, and additional ‘drop in’ sessions are available for any additional help, advice or practice you may need. And once training is complete, you’ll be able to put these new skills into action, with free access to report on allocated live shows and events from the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival Programme.


During festival week, you’ll have access to editorial support via telephone hotline and email. Reporters will be issued Press Passes and shows will be allocated after group consultation, depending on availability of staff. Reportage by the Sea aims to cover as many events as possible during the festival. Participants must be available to cover shows between 8-15th October and be keen to report on as many events as possible.

To celebrate Bournemouth Arts by the Sea and Reportage by the Sea, reporters will be empowered to assess and reward performances and performers with accolades based on a criteria agreed by Reportage by the Sea participants, providing an unbiased and unique point of view that values the voice and experience of our team of reviewers.

Reviews of sufficient quality may be selected by Multi-Media Journalist (Features), Patrick Gough, from Bournemouth Daily Echo and Dorset Society Magazine, to be published in print.


Participants aged 30 and under will be eligible for the prestigious ‘Reportage by the Sea: Young Journalist of the Year’ award.


Price: £35/£27.50 concessions.

A contribution of £35 is required towards costs for training. Concessions are available for low-income/unwaged. For further information, please contact matt@artfulscribe.co.uk.




Saturday 17 September, Bournemouth Library 10:00 – 17:30

Introduction to Reportage and Journalism workshop


Saturday 17 September Evening Review Opportunity at The Roundabout Theatre, Westfield Poole Park ‘Growth’ 19:30


Thursday 22 September, Bournemouth Library 19:00 – 21:00
Drop in Session


Friday 30 September Evening Review Opportunity at Shelley Theatre ‘Double Bill Jekyll & Hyde & Nerve 19:30 – 21:30


Saturday 1 October, Bournemouth Library 10:00 – 17:30

Interviews, Blogging and Content Management workshop


Thursday 6 October, Bournemouth Library 19:00 – 21:00
Drop in Session


Festival Management 8 – 15 October 2016

Reportage participants will have access to a coordinator during the festival week who will offer support and advice as needed.


Notes on Guest Speakers

Mark Fisher: As well as being the Scottish theatre critic for the Guardian, Fisher is a former editor of the List magazine and a freelance contributor to Variety, the Scotsman and many other publications. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (Bloomsbury) and How to Write About Theatre (Bloomsbury): “A perfect introduction to what could be a lifetime of pleasure” British Theatre Guide www.howtowriteabouttheatre.com


Michelle Madsen: A poet, playwright, and journalist who’s experience includes newsdesk and weekly supplement for the Guardian, freelance for the Independent, reviews for Time Out, interviews for Private Eye and various editorial roles for specialist business publications. Michelle manages a global team of 6 reporters and editors for Steel First, London, and has interviewed a range of high-profile figures, including President of Guinea, Tony Blair and Ronnie Wood.


Daisy Bowie-Sell: After graduating with a degree in English from University of East Anglia in 2006, Daisy moved to London and worked as a casting assistant, an editorial assistant for Ambit magazine and an editor at a theatre publishers whilst also writing freelance for several publications including The Guardian, Kultureflash, the Evening Standard and Ambit. She did an MA in journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London, before working on the arts desk of the Daily Telegraph and subsequently as deputy theatre editor at Time Out. She joined WhatsOnStage in 2015.


Martin Davis: Former NME journalist who specialises in website and blog design when he isn’t DJ’ing or eating pies.


Louisa Adjoa-Parker: Lit Up! and Poole Libraries Writer in Residence, Louisa graduated from the University of Exeter in 2004, and has since published poetry and fiction exploring themes including identity, difference, place, home, belonging, loss, and parenthood. Louisa is published by Bloodaxe and Cinnamon Press, and her poetry has been highly commended by the Forward Prize.

Sat 17 Sep 16 - Sat 15 Oct 16

£35.00 Full price / £27.50 Concessions