Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

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Personal |  Theatrical

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

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 never forget! A diva nose flautist is one of the hundreds (?) of characters portrayed by King Kong's multi-roling cast of five - he gets his moment in the spotlight when Kong is hauled back to New York and displayed as part of a vaudevillian line-up of entertainment. At the laughter-filled post-show Q&A I chaired, an…
By Terri Paddock | 17 July 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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

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 "one-dad" - musical now receiving its world premiere at London's Southwark Playhouse. At a post-show Q&A I chaired after last night's performance, I was joined by the show's three writers Richy Hughes (lyrics), Joseph Finlay (music) and Michael Conley (book), as well as director Adam Lenson, musical director Joe Bunker and one-dad star Michael Rouse to discuss SUPERHERO's evolution, from an…
By Terri Paddock | 12 July 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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

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 Live. It's incredible how much this free, two-day event has grown in its 13-year history. Having started out with a handful of shows and exhibitors in Leicester Square, it's now totally overtaken Trafalgar Square where capacity crowds of 500,000 queue up for hours to watch an incredible line-up of top West End musicals and stars perform. For…
By Terri Paddock | 3 July 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A podcast and photos: The latest in Rotterdam‘s extraordinary trans journey

Just 11 months after I chaired my first post-show talk for Jon Brittain's Rotterdam - then at Trafalgar Studios for its West End premiere - and so much has changed. The play went on to win an Olivier Award and transfer to New York before now returning for its second West End run, this time at the Arts Theatre, overlapping with London Pride celebrations. And, less happily in the wider world, the election of Donald Trump has meant that much of the progress and rights we discussed last summer seem…
By Terri Paddock | 29 June 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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

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 offenders (both played by Jack Brett Anderson) incarcerated for the first time and learning fast that there's a price to pay for everything... Originally two interlinked one-act plays, Walking and Dog City, HELD is written by Tina Jay, who has taught English and Creative Writing in a men's prison. She has been working on HELD's development with director Richard Elson since 2011. After yesterday's matinee…
By Terri Paddock | 10 June 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


My Waiting for God interview series: Leading man Jeffrey Holland

I was recently hired by the producer of Waiting for God to interview the show's stars and writer as it embarks on a major UK tour. Here's the first in a three-part series. Waiting for God continues touring until 8 July 2017. Visit the show website for full dates and tickets. Jeffrey Holland stars in the new stage adaptation of the hit sitcom Waiting for God, set in the Bayview retirement home. He plays Tom Ballard opposite Nichola McAuliffe as Diana Trent, the roles originated onscreen by Stephanie Cole and Graham Crowden in the…
By Terri Paddock | 11 May 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A podcast and photos: Lessons in kindness and comedy on Fried Meat Ridge Rd.

I had a hunch that this would be an especially amusing post-show Q&A and the company and audience of American hillbilly comedy Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Rd., now transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios 2 for a limited season, did not disappoint. After a sell-out performance last night, I was joined by the director Harry Burton, who first saw the play in Los Angeles and played a crucial role in bringing it and its author/star Keith Stevenson to the UK, as well as the full cast: Alex…
By Terri Paddock | 10 May 2017 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


My Waiting for God interview series: Leading lady Nichola McAuliffe

I was recently hired by the producer of Waiting for God to interview the show's stars and writer as it embarks on a major UK tour. Here's the first in a three-part series. Waiting for God continues touring until 8 July 2017. Visit the show website for full dates and tickets. Nichola McAuliffe stars in the new stage adaptation of the hit sitcom Waiting for God, set in the Bayview retirement home. She plays Diana Trent opposite Jeffrey Holland as Tom Ballard, the roles originated onscreen by Stephanie Cole and Graham Crowden in the…
By Terri Paddock | 9 May 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


My Waiting for God interview series: Writer and creator Michael Aitkens

I was recently hired by the producer of Waiting for God to interview the show's stars and writer as it embarks on a major UK tour. Here's the first in a three-part series. Waiting for God continues touring until 8 July 2017. Visit the show website for full dates and tickets. Michael Aitkens conceived and created the BAFTA-nominated BBC TV sitcom, Waiting for God, which ran for five series from 1990 to 1994. In total he’s written more than 200 scripts for film and television, including other hit series such as Midsomer…
By Terri Paddock | 8 May 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A photos and podcast: Swinging Sixties-style with new musical Pete ‘n’ Keely

A string of hits, a cast of two, ‘Forever Plaid’ meets ‘I Do, I Do’. James Hindman's 2000 Off-Broadway musical two-hander Pete ‘n’ Keely gets its European premiere at Tristan Bates Theatre, where it's now runs to 20 May 2017. The production, directed by Matthew Gould, stars David Bardsley and Katie Kerr as the titular stars in a primetime TV bust-up. It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years. Through…
By Terri Paddock | 7 May 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >