Welcome

I’ve been championing theatre, online and offline, for more than 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 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.

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NEW post-show Q&A: Wed 25 April

Rasheeda Speaking runs at London's Trafalgar Studios from 18 April to 12 May 2018In one of Chicago’s wealthiest hospitals, a white doctor tries to remove a black receptionist by enlisting her colleague as a spy. Rasheeda Speaking, Joel Drake Johnson‘s dark comedy examining underlying racism in the workplace, gets its UK premiere care of Troupe, director Jonathan O’Boyle and a superb cast led by Elizabeth Berrington and Tanya Moodie. Writer, director and stars join me after the show at Trafalgar Studios on 25 April.

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NEW post-show Q&A: Fri 27 April

BigThings_apr18_poster-notext_600“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize that they were the big things.” Grace has always operated on a different rhythm. When she and Malcolm decide to have a baby, the ensuing challenges leave her questioning all she knows. Mike Heath‘s new tragi-comedy The Big Things takes an honest look at a young woman and new parent trying to live and love with undiagnosed autism. Heath and the cast join me after the show at Barons Court Theatre on 27 April.

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NEW post-show Q&A: Tue 8 May

Swallow_2018posterI adored Spanish playwright Guillem Clua‘s The Swallow when it had its world premiere last year. I’m delighted that this heart-stoppingly moving two-hander, inspired by the 2016 terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, is returning to the Cervantes Theatre, London’s home of Spanish drama. Guillem Clua, director Paula Paz and the cast join me for this unmissable post-show Q&A on 8 May.

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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
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

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

| 0 comments 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 members have, sometimes very unkindly, faulted the English actors for their American accents. Quite…

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

| 0 comments 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 Charlotte Merriam and the producing debut of Siberian…

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

| 0 comments 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 into the diary. And I'm so glad. Three weeks on, it…

Q&A video and podcast: How did Miss Nightingale fly into its perfect venue at the Hippodrome?

| 0 comments 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 shelter, seemed to perfectly fit the setting…

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

| 0 comments 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 Welsh's Trainspotting in the 1990s when I was a recently-arrived-from-America twenty-something in…

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

| 0 comments 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 Playground Theatre had plenty of chairs and just enough room to arrange them in…

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

| 0 comments 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 Emily Tucker treated her mum to…

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

| 0 comments 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 right to one? Or,…

WATCH show vlogs: Julius Caesar, Beginning, The Lady With a Dog and Foul Pages

| 0 comments 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 second production in the new 900-seater founded by former National…

Q&A photos and podcasts: Getting Angry with Philip Ridley, Georgie Henley and Tyrone Huntley

| 1 comments Updated 8 March 2018 following third event: This post has been updated with podcasts, photos and other content from all three post-show Q&As in the ANGRY series. In November 2016, a week after the election of Donald Trump, I chaired a post-show Q&A…