David Upton

North West reviewer and news reporter

A school trip to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, at Manchester Library Theatre in the 60s, turned the head of a callow youth. A couple of years later, as an apprentice reporter in Altrincham, he began a love affair with theatre criticism, a passion generally undimmed by 45 years reviewing drama, dance and music around the region for evening newspapers in Stoke, Oldham, Blackpool and Preston. I see between 60 to 70 productions annually, providing previews and reviews for the Lancashire Evening Post, Wigan Evening Post and Chorley Guardian. I have also been a part-time lecturer, in critical performance analysis, for drama degree students, and an occasional broadcaster on BBC Radio Lancashire.