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.

Have a look at these packages:

NEW post-show Q&A: Fri 25 May

Screenshot 2018-04-30 17.42.33A child goes missing, vanishes into thin air, leaving a tender, fragmentary play about the inarticulacy of grief. Simon Stephens‘ 2002 play One Minute gets a major new revival with a twist: How are the characters affected now in our social media-obsessed age? This is the much-anticipated second offering from the new Barn Theatre, after the wildly successful actor-muso reinvention of The Secret Garden. Start your Bank Holiday Weekend in the Cotswolds with me, artistic director Iwan Lewis and the cast for this post-show Q&A on Friday 25 May.

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NEW post-show Q&A: Thu 31 May

After its premiere at the Finborough, acclaimed new play Schism has transferred for a limited season at the Park Theatre, with author and equal rights activist Athena Stevens reprising her role opposite Jonathan McGuinness. “You were supposed to make me a better person.” This stunning new play, about two people finding each other, “offers a seldom-seen perspective on lives which are too often overlooked and stereotyped”. I’ll talk to author Athena about the play and her artistic journey on Thursday 31 May. (Watch her highly personal vlog now.)

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NEW post-show Q&A: Sat 9 June

SanDomino_400x400Based on the reality of Italian Fascist leader Mussolini’s persecution of homosexuals, original British musical San Domino is the story of gay men sentenced to five years confinement for “degeneracy” during the Second World War. Following The Gulf, I’m delighted to return to the Tristan Bates Theatre for another M Green Productions offering. After the matinee on Saturday 9 June, I’ll talk to the writers Tim Anfilogoff and Alan Whittaker, director Matthew Gould and members of the actor-musician cast.

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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 podcast and photos: How has Anthony Horowitz lent his support to Mindgame revival?

| 0 comments A keen audience of Anthony Horowitz fans and super sleuthers last night at Mindgame made for a highly revealing post-show Q&A. How many set secrets did we correctly identify? And which character, plot and research twists? Warning: if you want to be…
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Q&A video and photos: Katy Brand and 3Women‘s stars on feminism and happiness

| 0 comments So much laughter at last night's post-show Q&A for Katy Brand's debut play 3Women, now running at the West End's Trafalgar Studios 2 until 9 June 2018! Brand's 80-minute comedy-drama explores what it means to be a woman in the 21st century…

The Swallow Q&A video and photos: How do homophobia and grief translate?

| 0 comments Another post-show Q&A first for me. Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, Spanish playwright Guillem Clua had to cancel his flight to London to attend last night's performance of his acclaimed two-hander THE SWALLOW at the Cervantes Theatre, but he desperately…

The Big Things Q&A photos and podcast: How can theatre better raise awareness about autism?

| 0 comments The Big Things, currently running at Barons Court Theatre, brings us into the world of Grace who, after meeting and falling in love with Malcolm and becoming a parent, is diagnosed with autism. The London premiere is presented by Kibo…

Q&A video and photos: Discussing racism & representation at Rasheeda Speaking

| 0 comments What a provocative play and post-show discussion! Are we all racist? How different are racial relations in 21st-century America versus Britain? How do we get more unheard voices onstage? Can white men tell valid stories about minority groups? Should they? Joel Drake Johnson's…

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…