Reviewing Guidelines 2014-5
Reviews are published in Encore magazine, the monthly publication of TASA and on the association website at www.tasaonline.org.au
All reviewers for TASA are volunteers. Remuneration is only in the form of two free tickets and a complimentary programme.
Conflict of interest
It is absolutely vital that you let the Review Coordinator know if you have a conflict of interest or a perceived or potential conflict with a production you are asked to review. Please be careful to declare any coflict of interest real or percieved. Any direct relatioship or friendship may put you in a difficult position. If you are unsure seek guidance fromthe review coordinator or the president.
Our theatrical community is small. You will probably know or be friends with at least one person involved with most shows that you review. Take care when mixing with friends associated with the production on review night. Don’t let them influence you.
If you cannot be honest then you must not review the play.
Length of reviews: 250 words.
This is, if you'll pardon the expression, critical. In a space-limited magazine we simply CANNOT accomodate longer articles. If you write a lot less, the company may feel you have not give due consideration.
If you wish to write more, you can submit a separate longer review by email to the Review Coordiator for the website along with your print review.
Your review must be submitted within two days of seeing the production.
Please bear in mind that some performers wait for your review and companies many want to include quotes (if the production is good)!
The sooner you submit your review, the less likely it is you will forget details that you should have mentioned in the review.
Please also remember that TASA's prime aim is to promote our companies and that while pointing out faults and mistakes is part of the job, we want to be constructive. Take particular care when reviewing children, you do'twant to be respsible for destroying a career before it begins.
Reviews for the printed Encore magazine are due by the 15th of each month. We will post your review online a.s.a.p.