Welcome

I’ve been championing theatre, online and offline, for nearly 20 years – and am as passionate about it as ever.

While blogging and tweeting here, I am also available to host post-show Q&As for other shows and organisations, provide content strategy and consultancy, and comment on wider theatre matters. Please do get in touch if you’d like to work with me.

For over 16 years, I was the driving force behind the British theatre website, WhatsOnStage.com, and the WhatsOnStage Awards. I co-founded the company and oversaw its editorial content, branding and events until December 2013.

Since then, I’ve launched two new, media businesses: StageFaves.com is a pioneering a social media directory and fanbase-building platform for musical theatre; and MyTheatreMates.com, co-founded with fellow commentator Mark Shenton, is a portal for independent theatre journalists and bloggers, as well as home of the Also Recognised Awards.

NEW post-show Q&A: Wed 1 June

Sideways-newposter_280x280_may16“If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving!” Well, maybe not me: I wouldn’t miss this comedy… Join Miles and Jack on a hilarious journey into the heart of wine country. SIDEWAYS, the play based on the novel which became an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning film hit, receives its European premiere at London’s St James Theatre. I’ll be talking to – and raising a glass with – Sideways‘ American author Rex Pickett, director David Grindley and the cast.

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NEW post-show Q&A: Wed 6 July

Saveage-Square2-400x400Gay rights activist and journalist Peter Tatchell joins the creative team for my post-show Q&A at SAVAGE, the new drama uncovering the tragic tale of a Nazi doctor and his ill-conceived “cure” for homosexuality: injecting testosterone into the testicles of live human subjects without anaesthetic. Claudio Macor‘s new play, running Above the Arts Theatre in the West End, centres on Dr Værnet and two young men directly affected by his treatments. Tatchell wrote a ground-breaking piece on the history of Værnet.

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CHECK OUT MY NEW WEBSITE

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Stage Faves is a new concept in musical theatre community building: it also tells you full Twitter lists for every West End musical. How handy is that?!

 

Testimonials

I’ve been following you on Twitter, and I’m so glad I found you. I’m an actor who finds it hard to keep up with all the various castings, season announcements, changes of personnel at theatres… and you do all the work for me, which is BRILLIANT. Also, on actorly ‘down’ days, it’s great to be reminded that there are people who are so genuinely enthusiastic about theatre out there.
Nicola Sangster, Actor
There are few people who are not actors, producers or directors who have influenced the London theatre scene more over the last 17  years than Terri Paddock. Her passion, intelligence and professionalism have made her the incredible force she is. During the period of time we worked together, I came to believe there was nothing the amazing lady couldn’t achieve.
I have enjoyed working with Terri for many years, on events around productions, as a journalist and a commentator. She is highly knowledgeable and perceptive, and a great champion of theatre.
Terri is a knowledgeable advocate for theatre in all its forms. Her enthusiasm for the medium is tireless and infectious. She has built an important bridge between the profession and the audience, and that work will continue successfully in various exciting new ways.

Recent blogs

A View from Islington North: “It’s not all about deselection”

| 0 comments Having never met him before, in less than a week, I’ve crossed paths with Jon Lansman, chair of Momentum, twice. Last Thursday, he attended the monthly meeting of my constituency Labour party (CLP), in which one of his colleagues threatened…

From stage to page: Barney Norris’ Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain + 12 quotes

| 0 comments I took slight umbrage with arts journalist Richard Brooks the other week. “You have probably not heard of Barney Norris,” started one of Brooks’ item in his weekly column in the Sunday Times’ Culture section. “Yes, I absolutely have!” I…

Monster Raving Loony: Where is the party now? Tooting…

| 0 comments When Monster Raving Loony was announced a few months ago, I got a bashing on Twitter when I cheekily asked dramatist James Graham if he’d considered writing his next political play about the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn – “or…

Photos and podcast: Talking politics and musicals at The Buskers Opera

| 0 comments The Buskers Opera, set during the London 2012 Olympics, is inspired by John Gay's 1728 The Beggar's Opera which, amongst other works, has also inspired Brecht's 1928 piece The Threepenny Opera, revived later this month at the National Theatre. But while…

Mourning Show Boat: Why do great shows close early?

| 0 comments When the news came in late yesterday that, just a fortnight after opening, Show Boat had posted West End closing notices, I was both shocked and not the least bit surprised. To be clear, Daniel Evans’ Sheffield Crucible production isn’t…

Toxic treatment: 7 horror films that should be musicals

| 0 comments I’m not a great one for horror films: I scare way too easily. Even Shaun of the Dead gave me nightmares, and no, I’m not kidding about that. I’ve never seen any of the original Troma cult classic screen incarnations…

Photos and podcast: What’s changed for female playwrights since My Mother Said I Never Should?

| 0 comments How much has changed for female playwrights since 1985 when Charlotte Keatley wrote her landmark play, My Mother Said I Never Should? The play is now receiving its first major London revival in a critically acclaimed production starring Maureen Lipman…

Elegy: Would you erase your lover’s memory of you to save their life?

| 0 comments I’ve met up with two friend couples since seeing Nick Payne’s new play Elegy at the Donmar Warehouse on Saturday afternoon – well, seeing it via the loop in the theatre bar as a coughing fit drove me out of…

How secure is the theatre industry? ISIS isn’t the only threat

| 0 comments To my theatregoing readers: in the wake of Paris and Brussels, how secure do you feel going to the theatre? Yesterday, I chaired an event looking at security risks currently facing Theatreland. As far as terrorism threats go, let me…

Press Pass: All the reviews (and #GameOfThrones pics) from #FaustusLondon opening

| 0 comments I shared some of my own thoughts about Jamie Lloyd's new production of Doctor Faustus - along with choice quotes (be they care of Christopher Marlowe or Colin Teevan) - last night. This morning's other coverage following the star-studded opening…