Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Swallow Q&A video and photos: How do homophobia and grief translate? by Terri Paddock

Another post-show Q&A first for me. Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, Spanish playwright Guillem Clua had to cancel his flight to London to attend last night’s performance …

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Big Things Q&A photos and podcast: How can theatre better raise awareness about autism? by Terri Paddock

The Big Things, currently running at Barons Court Theatre, brings us into the world of Grace who, after meeting and falling in love with Malcolm and becoming a parent, is diagnosed with auti…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Q&A video and photos: Discussing racism & representation at Rasheeda Speaking by Terri Paddock

What a provocative play and post-show discussion! Are we all racist? How different are racial relations in 21st-century America versus Britain? How do we get more unheard voices onstage? …

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Q&A photos and podcast: Putting the accent on authenticity in The Gulf by Terri Paddock

I won’t name and shame but will admit that some of my trickiest moments over my many years hosting post-show discussions have been at plays set in the United States when audience …

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Q&A video and photos: What happens in the Dames loo on a Friday night? by Terri Paddock

I missed a trick with my questions last night at the world premiere of DAMES, the surreal comedy about six millennial women who meet in a nightclub loo, which marks the playwriting debut of…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Q&A video and photos: Things are blooming with The Secret Garden at Cirencester’s new Barn Theatre by Terri Paddock

The Barn Theatre’s inaugural production of The Secret Garden extended by a fortnight – which very helpfully allowed me to fit another trip to Cirencester and a post-show Q&A …

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

How did @Nightingale1942 fly into its perfect venue at @hippodromeLDN? My most recent Q&A #photos & #podcast with @MrBuggPresents & co here! by Terri Paddock

When I chaired my first post-show Q&A at Miss Nightingale a year ago, I thought its home then was ideal: The Vaults, in its labyrinth beneath Waterloo Station, so like an air raid shelte…

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How did Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting become a cultural phenomenon? I’m finally ready to immerse myself by Terri Paddock

I’ve always been squeamish about needles. And I’m not much better with graphic drug-taking by any other method either. I first saw Harry Gibson’s stage adaptation of Irvine…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Q&A photos and podcast: How has theatre helped Soldier On‘s veterans recover? by Terri Paddock

I’m pretty certain that my event last night at SOLDIER ON was my largest-ever panel for a post-show Q&A: in total, there were 19 of us, including me. Thank goodness the Playgr…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Q&A video and photos: Celebrating mothers, daughters and gender equity at After the Ball by Terri Paddock

When you hold a post-show Q&A on Mothering Sunday, it’s awfully helpful to have a mother of one of the show’s stars in the cast. (Though I do hope After the Ball cast member …

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Curtains Q&A photos and tweeting: Are we all entitled to a ‘decent death’? by Terri Paddock

If an elderly relative in enormous physical pain begged you to help them to die, would you? Would you ever ask the same of someone else? What is a ‘decent death’? Should we all have the …

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Monday, February 26, 2018

WATCH show vlogs: #JuliusCaesar @_bridgetheatre, #ntBeginning @ambtheatre, #TheLadyWithADog @WhiteBearTheatr by Terri Paddock

I’ve been raving about Julius Caesar to everyone over the past few weeks, and particularly the experience of seeing it in the pit of the staggeringly versatile Bridge Theatre. This sec…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Q&A photos and live-tweeting: Getting Angry with Philip Ridley, Georgie Henley and Tyrone Huntley by Terri Paddock

In November 2016, a week after the election of Donald Trump, I chaired a post-show Q&A at Philip Ridley’s Tonight with Donny Stixx. That one-man show, which follows a would-be magician…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Q&A video and podcast: Questioning the point of philosophy with The Soul of Wittgenstein company by Terri Paddock

What’s the point of philosophy? According to Ludwig Wittgenstein, as portrayed in Ron Elisha’s moving and thought-provoking two-hander The Soul of Wittgenstein now running at Clapham Om…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Podcast and photos: Broadway legend Sheldon Harnick on why the Jewish story must be told by Terri Paddock

The Jewish story must continue to be told, Sheldon Harnick told me and a packed house at London’s Park Theatre after Tuesday night’s performance of Rothschild & Sons, for whi…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

WATCH: My thoughts on Mary Stuart, Oranges & Elephants and other #TimesUp shows by Terri Paddock

It’s natural that your reactions to shows are filtered through the prism of the current social and political climate. And savvy theatres, of course, seek to judge the mood and programme ac…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

‘I fall into the numbers who choose to fight’: @IntoTheNumbers Q&A + #photos + video > @finborough @ASatarriProds by Terri Paddock

What an incredibly brave, brilliant and inspiring woman Iris Chang was. What an unimaginably horrific atrocity the Nanking Massacre was. How ashamed I am to have known next to nothing about …

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

History has its eyes on us all: My joy & sorrow at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton by Terri Paddock

I feel incredibly privileged to have been “in the room where it happens” to see the European premiere of HAMILTON last night at the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre. …

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

WATCH: My thoughts on Off-West End musicals Miracle On 34th Street, The Little Match Girl, The Woman in White and Barnum by Terri Paddock

Does this count as a vlogmas? Probably not, but here’s my attempt at a theatre diary vlog in any case, which includes two Christmas shows! The emphasis is on Off-West End musicals I…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Can people ever really change? Talking second chances & #JMBarrie with #DearBrutus director & cast @swkplay> @Troupe_Theatre @JonathanOBoyl by Terri Paddock

Another fascinating rediscovery from Troupe Theatre. J.M. Barrie is best known, of course, for Peter Pan (and there are no shortage of revivals and spin-offs of that around Theatreland at th…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Making musical history: #PrivatesOnParade @OrdinaryDaysLDN @endof_history by Terri Paddock

Three Off-West End musicals I’ve seen in the past few weeks – well, two musicals and a play with music – have served up slices of modern history to entertaining effect. The…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

When are boundaries crossed? Full #TheSecondaryVictim Q&A video & photos with @camplinghicks & co @parktheatre by Terri Paddock

It was a packed house – including many therapy professionals – for last night’s performance of Matthew Campling‘s new play The Secondary Victim at the Park Theatre. W…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Full @theredlionplay Q&A #video & photos @TrafStudios: You don’t have to like football to love this #SharedExperience by Terri Paddock

A cheeky Twitter follower (yes, I’m talking about you Johnny Fox) requested that I ask the three stars of Patrick Marber‘s locker room drama The Red Lion – Stephen Tompkin…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Acts of theatre resistance: Insignificance, The Lorax, Young Marx, Imagine This, Bernarda Alba by Terri Paddock

Understandably, as theatremakers and audiences try to make sense of our turbulent times, political plays are de rigueur – and it’s not just ones written by James Graham either. …

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Q&A video and photos: Talking faith vs family with The Busy World is Hushed cast by Terri Paddock

Can we love someone whose belief system we fundamentally disagree with? If we love someone, can we denounce what we believe just to please them? Family and faith compete in thoughtful three…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

‘A landscape of mystery’: @metalrabbitprod #FishskinTrousers Q&A photos & tweets by Terri Paddock

How much can a landscape shape a person’s identity? How much can a landscape shape a play’s plot? In answer to the latter question, in the case of Elizabeth Kuti’s Fishsk…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Play #recommendations? @31HoursPlay #AllTheLittleLights #HeisenbergPlay by Terri Paddock

I can’t get out of my mind the idea of touring two new, one-act plays I’ve seen recently – Jane Upton‘s All The Little Lights and Kieran Knowles‘ 31 Hours …

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Musicals diary: Hair, Five Guys Named Moe, Young Frankenstein by Terri Paddock

In the past month, two musicals have got me up on my feet and dancing all the way out to the bar. At Five Guys Named Moe, I joined a conga line at the interval after attempting to singalong…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Podcast and photos: Ian McDiarmid and What Shadows cast on Enoch Powell and THAT speech by Terri Paddock

How do we talk to those that we hate? How do we speak across the anger that divides us? Those are the opening lines in Chris Hannan‘s provocative new play, What Shadows – and …

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Plays diary: What Shadows, Ink, The Unknown Island, Lucy Light, The Swallow by Terri Paddock

I’ve had a rich few weeks for playgoing. In addition to productions I’ve already written about elsewhere – including, of those still running, Arrows and Traps’ Frankenstein at Brockl…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Eye on the National: All the 2018 #NTNews announcements & reactions by Terri Paddock

If, like me, you're stuck at your desk today and can't follow the National Theatre 2018 season press briefing quite as closely as you'd like to, I've rounded up all today's key announcements…

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