Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

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Q&A video and podcast: Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Nanking massacre at Into the Numbers

What an incredibly brave, brilliant and inspiring woman Iris Chang was. What an unimaginably horrific atrocity the Nanking Massacre was. How ashamed I am to have known next to nothing about either before INTO THE NUMBERS. Last night - thanks to a mesmerising performance followed by a thought-provoking post-show discussion with director Georgie Staight and the cast - was a crash course education in both. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who'll be ordering a copy of Chang's groundbreaking book, The Rape of Nanking. "I fall into the…
By Terri Paddock | 11 January 2018 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


History has its eyes on us all: My joy & sorrow at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton

I feel incredibly privileged to have been "in the room where it happens" to see the European premiere of HAMILTON last night at the West End's Victoria Palace Theatre. There is so much to love about Lin-Manuel Miranda's blockbuster hip-hop musical about one of my homeland's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, not least a glorious British cast, under the assured stewardship of the show's original Broadway director Thomas Kail. But for all its considerable entertainment value, there are some vitally important messages here, about politics, society and the fragility of our institutions - messages that, 246 years after…
By Terri Paddock | 23 December 2017 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


WATCH: My thoughts on Off-West End musicals Miracle On 34th Street, The Little Match Girl, The Woman in White and Barnum

Does this count as a vlogmas? Probably not, but here's my attempt at a theatre diary vlog in any case, which includes two Christmas shows! The emphasis is on Off-West End musicals I've seen recently, all of which have things to recommend them - Miracle on 34th Street and The Little Match Girl to get you into the Christmas spirit, The Woman in White to re-evaluate this overlooked Andrew Lloyd Webber and Barnum to see the Menier transformed and mourn the loss of the American circus institution (and to feel…
By Terri Paddock | 20 December 2017 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Photos and podcast: Talking second chances and JM Barrie with Dear Brutus director and cast

Another fascinating rediscovery from Troupe Theatre. J.M. Barrie is best known, of course, for Peter Pan (and there are no shortage of revivals and spin-offs of that around Theatreland at the moment), but he also authored myriad novels and numerous other stage works, including The Admirable Crichton, Quality Street, Echoes of War, the opera Jane Annie (with a libretto co-written by Sherlock Holmes' Arthur Conan Doyle) and Dear Brutus. Dear Brutus was an instant hit when it premiered in 1917 at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre, where it ran for…
By Terri Paddock | 6 December 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Making musical history: Privates on Parade, Ordinary Days and The End of History

Three Off-West End musicals I've seen in the past few weeks - well, two musicals and a play with music - have served up slices of modern history to entertaining effect. The end of The End of History is nigh - and I don't mean North Korean nuclear threats, though perhaps Kim Jung-un will feature in a future spin-off. You only have until tomorrow night to catch the new musical of that name by the creative team of Blair on Broadway. I'm a bit of a history geek and, indeed, have…
By Terri Paddock | 1 December 2017 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A video and photos: Talking therapy & sexual misconduct at The Secondary Victim

It was a packed house - including many therapy professionals - for last night's performance of Matthew Campling's new play The Secondary Victim at the Park Theatre. Which made for some very knowledgeable comments and insights at the post-show Q&A, for which I was joined by Campling, director Matthew Gould and the entire cast. The Secondary Victim centres on Ali is a respected psychotherapist and loyal wife, played by Susannah Doyle, who was also nominated yesterday for Best Female in the Off-West End Awards. When Ali becomes subject to a professional complaint…
By Terri Paddock | 22 November 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A video and photos: The Red Lion cast on Northern locker room talk

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 Tompkinson, John Bowler and Dean Bone - to explain the off-side rule at the post-show Q&A I chaired at Trafalgar Studios 2 last night. I threatened to... then decided to let them off. There were a few other football questions raised, including: which players have been in to see the production so far, either in Newcastle, where this revised and abridged version…
By Terri Paddock | 10 November 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Acts of theatre resistance: Insignificance, The Lorax, Young Marx, Imagine This, Bernarda Alba

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. And even productions that you wouldn't categorise as such, inevitably take on political overtones when filtered through our consumption of daily headlines. I'm not sure if every one was consciously programmed as such but, over the past fortnight, I've seen several productions that, while not billed as political, have reminded me that theatre can play an important part in telling stories of resistance. At the…
By Terri Paddock | 7 November 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A video and photos: Talking faith vs family with The Busy World is Hushed cast

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-hander The Busy World Is Hushed, showing both sides of a tormented mother-son relationship. At a seminary in New York, Hannah (Kazia Pelka), a widowed Episcopalian minister and Bible scholar, finds her faith at odds with that of her long-estranged only son, Thomas (Michael James). When Brandt (Mateo Oxley), who Hannah has hired to work with her on book a newly discovered manuscript that…
By Terri Paddock | 3 November 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


‘A landscape of mystery’: Fishskin Trousers Q&A photos and tweets

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 Fishskin Trousers, the answer is certainly quite a lot. Inspired in part by the local folk tale of the Wild Man of Orford, found by fisherman, the play comprises a trio of hauntingly interwoven monologues, telling three loners' stories, all of which take place in Orford Ness, a shingle spit on the Suffolk coast, at three different points in time: the 12th…
By Terri Paddock | 30 October 2017 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >