3rd Age Critics

A chance to headline your views!


If you’ve dreamed a dream of reviewing blockbusters like Les Misérables or you’re a keen theatre-goer whose opinion could steal the show, a new arts critiquing scheme could help you to get your voice heard.


Co-ordinated by Bridgend County Borough Council’s Arts and Community Development team, the 3rd Age Critics scheme offers expert guidance to help people aged 50 and over to discover new ways to respond to a variety of art forms.


Funded by the council’s Older People’s Strategy, which aims to improve the wellbeing of older people through encouraging them to be mentally and physically active. 


If you’re interested in joining the 3rd Age Critics, call Guy O’Donnell, Arts and Community Development Officer on 07977119074, or email

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Comment by Guy O'Donnell on September 20, 2013 at 7:03

Hi Barbara just seen your blog well done.

Comment by Barbara Joan Michaels on September 19, 2013 at 18:08

Hi folks!  You'll be pleased to see that - thanks to Jacqui - I now have a blog up and running!  Go to

Comment by Guy O'Donnell on September 16, 2013 at 12:29

Hi Barbara and Leslie

Thanks for you posts relating to Response and WSD 2013

Comment by Leslie Herman Jones on September 16, 2013 at 12:01

Hi Barbara, Hi all. I, too, am happy to join the group. Here's a link to my latest post which also includes yours Barbara, copied into a comment box below the main post. Cheers. 

Comment by Barbara Joan Michaels on September 16, 2013 at 11:46

Hi fellow critics.  Really great to join the group. Read me on Twitter - BJM_Writer.  Also check out Jonathan Baz blog.  Worth reading!  Barbara Michaels

Comment by Guy O'Donnell on May 13, 2013 at 10:35

Hi All since you joined the 3rd Age Critics in April collectively you have reviewed,

(many of these productions have been reviewed by a few of you)

Relatively speaking, Theater Royal Bath,

Rome and Juliet, Riverfront,Newport,

Bianco, WMC,Cardiff, 

Ghost, WMC, Cardiff

High Society,WMC,Cardiff

The Lady-killers,New Theater,Cardiff

Love & Money,Chapter,Cardiff


A Private View, National Museum Cardiff

Soul Sister,New Theater,Cardiff.

Well Done!


Comment by Brian Roper on March 27, 2013 at 18:42

Guy,Great session and a very useful initiative.Brian.

Comment by Guy O'Donnell on March 13, 2013 at 19:00

The new 3rd Age Critics group held their first activity last night.

The evening began with an introduction to creating a critical response hosted by Wales Art Review editor Gary Raymond.

This was followed by a meal in the Ffresh restaurant and then their first production to review High Society.

We had 14 new critics attend and the reviews will follow.If you are 50 + and interested in responding critically to the arts in Wales please get in touch.

Thanks to Gary and the staff at the WMC for your support.


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