"I think there is a tendency, on the part of ... all critics, to fall into the position of being gatekeepers, where effectively, we are either measuring up every show that we see with this great big 'notebook' in our heads that we carry around, of every other production ... that we've ever seen, or else that we go into the show with some idea of how *we* would do it.
But actually, nobody's really interested ... And secondly, we are not the director or the maker of the show. So it doesn't matter how we might do it. I think it is only the question that we respond to what it is that we see, and that we do so with a really conscious generosity, even if we are sometimes faced with things that we look at with a frown on our brow and go, "What *is* this? I've no idea really what this is that I'm seeing," and then try and grope towards finding some meaning about it, and a vocabulary to write about it.
The reason I think that's important is that it changed our role of from that of gatekeeper to that of midwife. The role of midwife is a really interesting and quite exciting one to fulfil, and the role of gatekeeper, in the end, I think, is self-defeating." - Lyn Gardner in conversation with Corrie Tan for ArtsEquator.