Star Ratings Announcement

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Edinburgh49 is dedicated to supporting creative work and those who make it happen. Our purpose is to write dependable reviews and interesting features and to provide producers with some useful and knowledgeable comment.  Edinburgh49 addresses all aspects of the work seen – not the work as it might, should or could have been.

As of September 2014 Edinburgh49 will be using star ratings!

Like some other review titles Edinburgh49 has been wary of star ratings. A show rated 3 stars or less might not attract the audiences that solid work, done well, deserves. Additionally, perceived ‘star inflation’, especially at the Fringe, has seemed to devalue the endorsement of a high star rating.

However, after our first year we’ve determined that the positives outweigh the negatives. Star ratings are helpful indicators. So long as readers are reasonably clear how a title awards its stars, and so long as producers continue to use pull-quotes to support the endorsement, star ratings serve as reliable shortcuts to the best reviews and to the best productions.

We’ll still be using ‘Nae Bad’ & ‘Outstanding’

A good review should be able to take subjective views into account while still presenting a balanced and informed opinion.

The Edinburgh49 team will retain our cherished ‘Nae Bad’ & ‘Outstanding’ labels as a means of articulating their personal reaction to the show. Thus a 3 star show might still be thought ‘Outstanding’ if our writer thinks something truly memorable has been achieved.

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Trying new things is what the arts are all about. Sometime we succeed. Sometimes we fail. It’s not the falling down, it’s the getting up that matters. Creative endeavor deserves talented cheer-leading. Grab your pom-poms folks! There’s 49 weeks of capital artistry ahead!


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