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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Monday, October 2, 2017

Picture this: My new neighbourhood Cervantes Theatre is a must-visit by Terri Paddock

Living in SE1 in London, I’m absolutely spoilt for theatres. The South Bank powerhouses of the National Theatre, Old Vic and Young Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe, and, as of later this…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Top #quotes on faith, truth & tolerance from @Doubt_Play by Terri Paddock

There are only a few days left to catch Che Walker‘s new in-the-round production of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, which finishes at London’s Southwark Playhouse this Satur…

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Photos and podcast: Remembering Stephen Clark with Julian Clary & co at Le Grand Mort by Terri Paddock

There was a moment I’ll never forget from the Q&A I hosted after last night’s performance of Stephen Clark‘s Le Grand Mort at Trafalgar Studios. Julian Clary, who is of…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mrs Orwell Q&A podcast and photos: What might George Orwell have written after 1984? by Terri Paddock

Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 surged by a staggering 9,500% after the election of Donald Trump to become Amazon’s biggest seller. Orwell himself died, at the age of 46, in Jan…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Q&A video & photos: Bringing Beckett’s Waiting for Godot home after 62 years by Terri Paddock

I had my own Godotesque moment to start last night’s Waiting for Godot Q&A. The stage was bare. Where were the chairs? Was anyone bringing chairs? How long would we be waiting for…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Press Pass: Everything you need to know about Follies at the National by Terri Paddock

What do you need to know about Dominic Cooke‘s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre? It’s a great big, sumptuous, stellar hit. I was lucky enough t…

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

#HiddleHamlet is a ★★★★ success (for the few lucky critics who got tickets) by Terri Paddock

Did you get lucky in the ticket ballot for #RADAHamlet, which on Twitter has also gained the predictable #HiddleHamlet hashtag thanks to its title star, Tom Hiddleston? The fundraising produ…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Q&A photos and podcast: What does Marlowe’s Edward II tell us about identity and gay rights? by Terri Paddock

The plays may have been written 420-odd years apart, but I was really struck  by how many parallels there were between the discussion I hosted last week, to the European premiere of Jordan …

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Q&A podcast and photos: Confronting bullies with the Late Company cast by Terri Paddock

Having heard so many of My Theatre Mates raving about Late Company following its European premiere earlier this year at the Finborough, I was really looking forward to seeing it at Trafalga…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My (non-Edinburgh) theatre diary: Salad Days, Mrs Orwell, Boom and Cowboy Rufus by Terri Paddock

It’s not just umbrella festival programmes, as I blogged earlier, that keep myself and other London theatregoers busy in August. Here’s a round-up of some of the other plays and …

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Is London the real festival city in August? InMotion & other capital offerings by Terri Paddock

I’m in the slightly odd position this month of working on an Edinburgh show while not being in Edinburgh at all. (Mind you, I have seen the show, in China in May, so can knowledgeably …

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

From Stage to Page Q&A podcast and photos: How is the international scene changing for new musicals? by Terri Paddock

Two years ago, I chaired the opening night discussion at the third annual From Page to Stage festival of new musicals founded by Aria Entertainment’s Katy Lipson. The central question…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Musicals diary: Spoonful of Sherman, Adrian Mole, Girl from the North Country by Terri Paddock

Most of nights last week was devoted to just one play, Preethi Nair’s Sari: The Whole Five Yards, which I’m trying to help find a future life. But I have managed a few memorable …

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My plays diary: Sari, Around the World in 80 Days, The Wasp, Flood by Terri Paddock

My plays diary this week isn’t terribly varied. I’m spending most nights at the Tristan Bates Theatre, all in aid of one production: Preethi Nair‘s Sari: The Whole Five Ya…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Would founder Dan Crawford approve of the King’s Head’s big move? by Terri Paddock

The King’s Head Theatre attracted widespread coverage this week for its announcement that it is moving out of the King’s Head pub on Upper Street in Islington, north London, its home for…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Counting Sheep and top-notch bloggers by Terri Paddock

I’ve had issues with sleep – or rather lack of sleep – since I was a teenager. I won’t be an insomnia bore and tell you ALL of the so-called remedies I’ve tried over the years, inc…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Q&A podcast and photos: Is Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew inherently misogynistic? by Terri Paddock

Is Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew inherently misogynistic? Particularly with its treatment of spirited Kate, the Shrew of the title, who is starved and mentally tormented (gasli…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Q&A podcast and photos: What would Lucille Ball think of I Loved Lucy? by Terri Paddock

It’s always a real privilege to have the playwright involved when you’re chairing a post-show Q&A. But when the play is also based on the playwright’s own best-sellin…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Q&A photos and video: Monkeying around with nose flutes at King Kong by Terri Paddock

Before I attended King Kong, Daniel Clarkson‘s bonkers stage parody of the 1933 film classic, last week at The Vaults, I never knew there was such a thing as a nose flute. Now I will n…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Q&A podcast and photos: How new British one-man musical Superhero took flight by Terri Paddock

How many creatives does it take to make a one-man musical? The answer can be “quite a few”. And that it is in the case of SUPERHERO, the British one-man – or rather R…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

My theatre diary: West End Live, Lady Day, Hamlet and Quentin Dentin by Terri Paddock

My theatre week last week started and ended with musicals. My partner Peter and I rushed back from our – rather too work-filled – fortnight in Mallorca just in time for West End …

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Q&A podcast and photos: Talking prison lessons with Held‘s writer, director and stars by Terri Paddock

What’s the most important lesson in a prison ‘education’? HELD is a hard-hitting new British prison drama exploring the broken lives of five inmates, including two young of…

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