Welcome

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

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, in addition to blogging and tweeting here, 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.

Hire me: Off-the-shelf services

Twitter_cloudbirdI love working with organisations to promote theatre through events, content marketing and social media. I have a range of affordable, off-the-shelf services for potential clients, listed below. I am also available to provide content strategy and consultancy on larger projects, and comment on wider theatre matters. Please do get in touch if you’d like to work with me.

Have a look at these packages: 

NEW post-show debate: Tue 30 August

TisPityShesAWhore_Lazarus_aug16_400x400I continue my association with Lazarus Theatre – after the companies riveting productions of Marlowe’s Tamburlaine and Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle – with another re-imagined classic, John Ford‘s ever-provocative play about incestuous love, ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE. Our expert panel, including Lazarus artistic director Ricky Dukes, will discuss: are there any stage taboos left?

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NEW post-show Q&A: Mon 5 September

WaitingForGodot-thumbnail-poster_sep16Waiting for Waiting for Godot, comic Dave Hanson‘s hit Off-Broadway comedy about two hapless Beckett understudies, receives its European premiere at the St James Theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong director Mark Bell recruits two of his Mischief alumni (James Marlowe and Laura Kirman) as well as The Fast Show‘s Simon Day for this “gleefully absurd” evening. For the Q&A, I’ll be joined by writer, director and all three stars.

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NEW post-show Q&A: Thu 6 October

BoysInTheBand_Title_400x400_sep16Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard lead an all-star cast – also including James Holmes and Daniel Boys – in a major revival of Mart Crowley‘s seminal (filter-free) play THE BOYS IN THE BAND, which premiered in New York in 1968, just before the Stonewall riots, and changed the landscape of gay theatre. For the Q&A, I’ll be joined by author Mart Crowley, on a special visit from the US, and members of the cast.

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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

“Laughter through tears”: 25 quotes heard in Steel Magnolias‘ salon

| 0 comments If the line "Laughter through tears is my favourite emotion" makes you nod your head, then you must see the play from which it comes: Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias, now revived at the Hope Theatre. If you've already seen the…

Press pass: First Groundhog Day reviews + Tim Minchin interviews & features

| 0 comments Could the dream team behind multi award-winning, all-over-the-globe hit Matilda - director Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell - possibly strike gold again with their very next musical? Judging by reactions of…

My musicals diary: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Go-Between, The Fix

| 0 comments July was a big month for Q&As for me so I've been a little pre-occupied by follow-up blogs on those. But in addition to musicals I've hosted events at - I'm Getting My Act Together and Through the Mill, both…

Photos and podcast: Getting to grips with gender issues at Rotterdam Q&A

| 0 comments What a treat it was to not only see Jon Brittain's Rotterdam again last night, but to be able to question this hugely talented young writer about his bittersweet comedy, which ranked amongst my Top Ten new plays of last year. The play - set…

Press Pass: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child earns global raves, breaks more records

| 0 comments Ahead of the double-show gala day at the West End's Palace Theatre this Saturday, a galaxy of stars have already turned out for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And I'm not just talking about Emma Watson and other celebrities…

Photos and podcast: Men, misogyny and Neil LaBute at Some Girl(s) Q&A

| 0 comments I first - and last - saw Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s) in its world premiere in the West End in 2005, in a production that starred Friends' David Schwimmer along with "girls" including Catherine Tate and Lesley Manville. In this…

Photos and podcast: Jane Fonda and war on trial with Anne Archer and co

| 0 comments What does The Trial of Jane Fonda, concerning the actor-activist's controversial protests during the Vietnam War (in which the UK did not support our US allies), have to tell us about more recent conflicts in Syria and Iraq (in which we…

Photos and podcast: Going Through the Q&A Mill with three Judy Garlands

| 0 comments I first saw - and adored - Through the Mill when it premiered at the London Theatre Workshop (then above a pub in Fulham) last year. I was delighted when the show, which revolves around three pivotal periods in the…

Photos and podcast: I’m Getting My Act Together with Landi Oshinowo and co

| 0 comments Last seen in London in 1981, when its premiere production ran at the West End's Apollo Theatre after success Off-Broadway, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road has returned 35 years on for a limited season…

Photos and podcast: Peter Tatchell and the real-life Nazi war crimes behind Savage

| 0 comments Most theatregoers will have only learned about Carl Peter Værnet from watching Claudio Macor's new play Savage, now running upstairs at the Arts Theatre. But the Nazi doctor from Denmark has played a large role in the life of LGBTI activist…