• “A theater [Qendra Multimedia] in Kosovo is not afraid of using art to confront entrenched prejudices and to build empathy” – George Soros

  • “Brave and honest theater performance. One of the most interesting theater company from the South Eastern Europe” – Kazaliste.Hr

  • “...a true story that sets an example for all the hope for freedom, happiness and prosperity in the Europe of our days. And the disappointment.” - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

  • “This is not the first attempt to use cultural events to bridge the gap between the countries. Polip, a literary festival in Pristina, first held in 2010, has Serbian writers among those regularly invited to participate.” - The Guardian

  • “…the play is an explosion of burlesque, music and possibly offensive humor; it is simply a riot.” - Prishtina Insight

  • “A Play with Four Actors and Some Pigs...,” […] is a playfully absurd, crude, and incredibly clever portrayal of Kosovo’s political scene.” - The Theater Times



Analytic: A theatre criticism workshop with Natasha Tripney

27-31 October, 2020

‘You have discovered a perishable treasure, and it is imperative to share it with other people before it fades... ' Irving Wardle

Over a five-day period, participants will attend workshops exploring the purpose of criticism – both as a space for analysis and debate, and a creative act – and the process of writing a theatre review. There will be the chance to discuss different critical approaches, style, structure, and form, as well as the changing role of the critic in an evolving media landscape. With the reduction of space for arts coverage in most mainstream media outlets, we will look at the practical realities and responsibilities of working as a critic today and discuss the benefits of a healthy and rigorous critical culture to Kosovo’s artists and audiences.

Participants will be invited to watch the performances over the course of the Kosovo Theatre Showcase and to produce written responses to the work they see. There will be an opportunity for one-on-one feedback and mentoring with the ultimate goal of publication for their work.

The call-out is for theater practitioners, journalists and writers with a passion for the theatre and an interest in criticism, though people from other backgrounds are welcome and previous experience is not essential. There is no age limit. A good level of spoken English is required. Participants will be compensated an amount of 20 euros of petty cash for day. Accommodation and travel costs will be covered by the organizer.

Natasha Tripney is the lead critic and reviews editor of The Stage, the newspaper of the UK theatre industry. She studied English literature at King’s College, London, and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. In 2011, she co-founded Exeunt, an online platform for theatre criticism. She has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Independent and the BBC.  Two of her short plays were performed at the Arcola Theatre in London as part of their Miniaturists series.

  • Application Deadline: October 25, 2020.
  • Who can apply? Young people above the age of 20 years; theater practitioners, journalists, scholars from Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia.
  • For those coming from outside of Prishtina, travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the organizers.
  • A petty cash of 20 euros per day will be compensated to participants.
  • How to apply? Send your CV at info@qendra.org with the subject Theater Criticism

Analytic: A Theatre Criticism Workshop is an activity run by Qendra Multimedia and is financially supported by Goethe Institut.