15th June 1999
PLAYWRIGHT LECTURER TO REVIEW FESTIVAL
This August will be a Lincoln lecturer’s ninth visit to the Edinburgh Festival but this year, instead of acting or producing, she will be reviewing some of the top acts for a national newspaper.
Dr Diane Dubois is a Communications academic at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside but since 1991 she has played an active role at the festival to pursue her great passion for the theatre.
Last year, Diane’s play Myra and Me headlined to great critical acclaim at the Assembly Rooms, one of the main festival venues.
But this year Diane will be on the other side of the curtain as a reviewer for The Scotsman, a newspaper with great influence on the arts scene at festival time.
“It’s an excellent opportunity to do some major reviews,” said Diane. “This will be the first year I’m not actually hands-on at the festival but it’s going to be a great experience.”
Diane’s annual pilgrimage began when she got a job as props assistant with a production of The Caretaker in 1991.
She started to write about three years ago and is also involved in Theatre in Education projects - earlier this year she was on a debating panel alongside Melvyn Bragg and Kate Adie in London to argue that Shakespeare should to be more accessible.
Completing her PhD at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in 1994, Diane was taken on as a part-time lecturer in Communications and now works full-time with students in Lincoln.
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