Terri Paddock

"Queen of theatre post-show talks", social media & content marketer

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    Blood Orange post-show video and photos: How critical is the NHS in this General Election?

Blood Orange post-show video and photos: How critical is the NHS in this General Election?

How worried are you about the myriad pressures on the NHS today? Will you be thinking about the future of the NHS when you go to the ballot box?
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    Potted Panto post-show video and photos: Which is your favourite Christmas pantomime?

Potted Panto post-show video and photos: Which is your favourite Christmas pantomime?

It's official! Christmas is coming up fast. And that, of course, means it's pantomime season. How do you choose which of the biggies to see this year? Why choose? See the seven (or maybe twelve) top pantomimes in one hilarious show care of Potted Panto.
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    Escape From Planet Trash post-show video and photos: Sink the Pink continues its queer trilogy in outer space

Escape From Planet Trash post-show video and photos: Sink the Pink continues its queer trilogy in outer space

A year on, during which they've released a single with Melanie C, Sink the Pink are back at the Pleasance Theatre with the second in their queer trilogy of alternative Christmas shows. Ginger Johnson and co are on top form.
  • Terri Paddock with @TheTweetOfGod's David Javerbaum at An Act of God post-show Q&A at The Vaults, London
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    An Act of God post-show video and photos: Blasphemy & belly laughs with David Javerbaum, Zoe Lyons & co

An Act of God post-show video and photos: Blasphemy & belly laughs with David Javerbaum, Zoe Lyons & co

How do you get SIX MILLION followers on Twitter? As someone who spends all day most days on social media, I'm staggered by the very notion. It must require divine intervention... of sorts.
  • Writer-director Glenn Chandler with cast members Charlie Mackay & Simon Stache at The Good Scout post-show Q&A at London's Above the Stag Theatre on 29 October 2019. © Peter Jones
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    The Good Scout post-show video and photos: How worried should we be about parallels between the 1930s and today?

The Good Scout post-show video and photos: How worried should we be about parallels between the 1930s and today?

While MPs were voting for an election that is likely to accelerate the UK's lurch to the right, I was back at Above The Stag Theatre last night talking about the increasingly worrying parallels - and historic dominoes - between the 1930s and today. Is it any wonder that The Good Scout left me in tears, even on second viewing?
  • My post-show talk with Richard Shelton at Sinatra: Raw at Wilton's Music Hall, London, on 22 October 2019. © Peter Jones
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    Sinatra: Raw post-show video and photos: What makes Frank Sinatra such an enduring icon?

Sinatra: Raw post-show video and photos: What makes Frank Sinatra such an enduring icon?

Despite singing the songs of Sinatra since he was a teenager in Wolverhampton, Richard Shelton was turned down multiple times for a part in concert show The Rat Pack. So when he was invited to audition for the much darker play with music, Rat Pack Confidential, he went in angry and impatient... and finally got his man. 
  • Joseph Marcell and Christopher Fairbank at my post-show talk for Sam Shepard's Ages of the Moon at The Vaults, London, on 18 October 2019. © Peter Jones
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    Ages of the Moon post-show video and photos: Remembering Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard

Ages of the Moon post-show video and photos: Remembering Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard

I'm a huge fan of the late, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright (and Oscar-nominated actor) Sam Shepard. How wonderful to be able to see and discuss one of his late plays, Ages of the Moon, which now receives its UK premiere two years after Shepard passed away (on 27 July 2017 at the age of 73).
  • The original Mischief Theatre company - Henry Lewis, Nancy Zamit, Jonathan Sayer, Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell and Henry Shields - at my Groan Ups post-show talk at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre, London, 17 October 2019. © Peter Jones
    Permalink The original Mischief Theatre company - Henry Lewis, Nancy Zamit, Jonathan Sayer, Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell and Henry Shields - at my Groan Ups post-show talk at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre, London, 17 October 2019. © Peter JonesGallery

    Groan Ups post-show video and photos: With the original Mischief Theatre company and co-writers

Groan Ups post-show video and photos: With the original Mischief Theatre company and co-writers

As part of an ongoing series, I’ve chaired post-show talks with various Mischief Theatre casts this year, all of whom waxed lyrical about the brilliance of the company founders. Last night, I had a chance to pose questions to those original mischief-makers themselves.
Co-writers Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and fellow founding members […]

  • The Girl Who Fell company at my post-show Q&A at Trafalgar Studios on 16 October 2019. © Peter Jones
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    The Girl Who Fell post-show video and photos: How is social media affecting our mental health?

The Girl Who Fell post-show video and photos: How is social media affecting our mental health?

I feel like I’ve known writer Sarah Rutherford for years… that’s one of the positives of social media. (We follow each other on Twitter.) The irony is it’s her new play, The Girl Who Fell, about some of the negatives of social media that finally precipitated my meeting her in person.
And what a great […]

  • My Mites post-show talk with (l-r) director Marcus Marsh, producer Rebecca Lyle and cast Richard Henderson, Claire-Marie Hall and George Howard at London's Tristan Bates Theatre on 15 October 2019. © Peter Jones
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    Post-show video and photos: Wrestling with absurdism, anthropomorphism & coercive control in Mites

Post-show video and photos: Wrestling with absurdism, anthropomorphism & coercive control in Mites

A philosophising cat, a famished dog and a family of mites all make appearances – and strong impressions – in Mites, a new play by up-and-coming young British playwright James Mannion, written in the best traditions of the Theatre of the Absurd.
Ruth, a lonely woman abandoned by her husband, lives in isolation with her beloved cat […]

  • Storme Toolis & Claire Skinner at Terri Paddock's tpost-show Q&A for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the West End's Trafalgar Studios on 7 October 2019. © Peter Jones
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    A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Q&A video and photos: What did the late Peter Nichols think of this historic West End casting?

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Q&A video and photos: What did the late Peter Nichols think of this historic West End casting?

I was back at Trafalgar Studios last night for this much-anticipated revival of Peter Nichols’ 1967 masterpiece A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. And there was so much to discuss with this production, making history for a number of reasons.
Along with Passion Play and Privates on Parade, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg remains […]

  • The Permanent Way company at Terri Paddock's post-show Q&A at The Vaults in London on 24 Sep 2019. © Peter Jones
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    The Permanent Way Q&A video and photos: Why is a play about railway privatisation more relevant than ever?

The Permanent Way Q&A video and photos: Why is a play about railway privatisation more relevant than ever?

I was lucky enough to see the original Out of Joint production of The Permanent Way at the National Theatre in 2003. I remember being horrified by David Hare’s verbatim play about railway privatisation, based on first-hand accounts, including the people behind the body counts of the four major rail disasters between 1997 and 2002.
With Alexander […]

  • Danelaw cast and creatives at my post-show Q&A at London's Old Red Lion Theatre on 21 September 2019. © Peter Jones
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    Danelaw Q&A video and photos: How do you find sympathy for white supremacists?

Danelaw Q&A video and photos: How do you find sympathy for white supremacists?

Can you be a racist if you don’t think you are? Is there a difference between racism and ‘racist attitudes’? How do you find sympathy for white supremacists? By finding sympathy are we making excuses? Peter Hamilton’s new updated staging of his 2005 play Danelaw prompted some serious discussion at my post-show Q&A at […]

  • Tom Hopcroft, George Hannigan, Sean Carey & Damian Lynch at The Comedy About a Bank Robbery post-show Q&A chaired by Terri Paddock at the West End's Criterion Theatre on 19 September 2019
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    The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Q&A video and photos: From UK-wide tour to the West End with a new cast

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Q&A video and photos: From UK-wide tour to the West End with a new cast

What fun to return to the Criterion Theatre to see a brand-new cast put their stamp on Mischief Theatre’s The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, as the first in a series of monthly post-show Q&As with the comic geniuses.
In fact, while new to London, many of them recent drama school graduates making their West End […]

  • Writer Paloma Pedrero, translator Catherine Boyle & actor Lanna Joffrey at The Eyes of the Night post-show Q&A chaired by Terri Paddock at the Cervantes Theatre on 13 Sep 2019. © Peter Jones
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    The Eyes of the Night Q&A video and photos: Using darkness to enlighten audiences about visual impairment

The Eyes of the Night Q&A video and photos: Using darkness to enlighten audiences about visual impairment

A middle-aged businesswoman hires a blind man to spend an hour with her in a hotel room. Why are they really there? Will she be able to experience the darkness in order to see the light?
The Eyes of the Night, written by one of Spain’s leading playwrights Paloma Pedrero, headlines the second Contemporary Spanish […]

  • My post-show Q&A with Proforca Theatre creatives at the premiere of At Last at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre on 12 Sep 2019. © Peter Jones
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    At Last Q&A video and photos: How worried are you about the direction the UK is heading?

At Last Q&A video and photos: How worried are you about the direction the UK is heading?

Are you worried about the state of politics and society in the UK today? That’s the question I asked at the start of last night’s post-show Q&A at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre. The hands of all my panellists and nearly everyone sitting across from them in the audience shot up.
Proforca Theatre’s new play At […]

  • My post-show Q&A with Arrows & Traps reinvention of Jekyll & Hyde at London's Brockley Jack Theatre on 6 Sep 2019. © Peter Jones
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    Q&A video and photos: What would Pete Buttigieg think of his Jekyll & Hyde incarnation?

Q&A video and photos: What would Pete Buttigieg think of his Jekyll & Hyde incarnation?

Arrows & Traps’ 18th production in its five-year history is also its tenth at London’s Brockley Jack Theatre, where it is now an associate company, and its third in a Gothic trilogy. And it’s a corker.
Following versions of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Arrows & Traps founder, writer and director Ross McGregor, […]

  • Brendan Murphy, Rosie Holt, Owen Lewis & Daniel Clarkson at The Crown Dual post-show Q&A at Wilton's Music Hall chaired by Terri Paddock at Wilton's Music Hall on 3 Sep 2019. © Peter Jones
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    The Crown Dual Q&A video and photos: How to condense two Netflix seasons into 70 minutes… with more to come

The Crown Dual Q&A video and photos: How to condense two Netflix seasons into 70 minutes… with more to come

We were all madly checking our phones for news in the bars afterwards, but while much of last night’s Westminster drama was going on, at Wilton’s Music Hall, we were getting to glorious grip with the (affectionate) comedy potential of the monarchy with The Crown Dual.
In Dan Clarkson’s new comedy The Crown Dual, transferred for […]

  • Anita Harris, Kara Lily Hayworth & John Partridge at the Cabaret post-show Q&A chaired by Terri Paddock on 29 August 2019 at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, the first stop on a nationwide tour
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    Q&A video and photos: How does the musical of Cabaret differ from the film?

Q&A video and photos: How does the musical of Cabaret differ from the film?

I’ve seen Rufus Norris’ multi-award-winning revival of Kander & Ebb’s Broadway musical classic Cabaret twice before in the West End: when it first opened at the Lyric Theatre in 2006 and when it returned for a run at the Savoy Theatre in 2010. It now kicks off a brand-new tour and it’s more powerful than […]

  • The company of Queen of the Mist at the post-show Q&A chaired by Terri Paddock at Charing Cross Theatre on 20 August 2019. © Peter Jones
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    Queen of the Mist Q&A video and photos: Why should we have more Michael John LaChiusa in the UK?

Queen of the Mist Q&A video and photos: Why should we have more Michael John LaChiusa in the UK?

Michael John LaChiusa was on his way back to the States by the time I chaired my post-show Q&A at the West End (and UK) premiere of his musical Queen Of The Mist – but I wonder if his ears were burning badly en route?
A central part of my discussion – with director Dom O’Hanlon, musical […]

  • My post-show Q&A at Actually at Trafalgar Studios with: director Oscar Toeman & stars Simon Manyonda & Yasmin Paige. © Peter Jones
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    Q&A photos: Caught in the grey zone with Actually‘s stars and director

Q&A photos: Caught in the grey zone with Actually‘s stars and director

Can we ever really know what happened between two people behind closed doors? That’s the question at the heart of Anna Zeigler’s provocative new two-hander Actually, and one the company, audience and I grappled with after Friday’s performance.
One night. Two people. Three truths.
Actually revolves around Amber and Tom, two newly arrived freshmen at American Ivy […]

Q&A video and photos: Swapping worst date stories with Games for Lovers stars

After last week’s runaway success with The Girl on the Train post-show Q&A, director Anthony Banks and I had to squeeze in another one together to his second current hit, Games for Lovers – which also meant I got to return to The Vaults for producer James Seabright’s third offering this summer.
What a giggle this […]

  • Cedric Neal, Tyrone Huntley, Andy Mientus & producer Brian Zeilinger at The View Upstairs post-show Q&A at Soho Theatre on 3 August 2019. © Peter Jones
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    The View Upstairs video and photos: What happened in New Orleans on 24 June 1973? Why should we remember?

The View Upstairs video and photos: What happened in New Orleans on 24 June 1973? Why should we remember?

I had just enough time to wipe away my tears – I was sobbing – at the end of The View Upstairs before jumping up after the curtain call to announce this post-show Q&A at Soho Theatre.
My family are from Louisiana and I’ve been to New Orleans countless times, but it’s thanks to London theatre […]

  • The Girl on the Train post-show Q&A at London's Duke of York's Theatre. © Peter Jones
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    Q&A video and photos: Discussing Paula Hawkins’ hit thriller The Girl on the Train with Samantha Womack and cast

Q&A video and photos: Discussing Paula Hawkins’ hit thriller The Girl on the Train with Samantha Womack and cast

What is it about a great whodunnit thriller? What makes us keep turning the page? How does that inquisitive excitement translate onstage?
As modern thrillers go, they don’t get much more successful than Paula Hawkins’ The Girl On the Train. First published in 2015, it quickly became an international publishing phenomenon and has sold more […]

  • Director-producer Patrick Bayele speaking at the How to Save the World post-show Q&A at London's Studio 9294. © Peter Jones
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    Q&A video and photos: Do you know How to Save the World through Chekhov?

Q&A video and photos: Do you know How to Save the World through Chekhov?

I’m a firm believer that one of the best means of ensuring a long career is an ability to create your own work. Patrick Bayele has honed this skill very early on… and, after seeing what he’s accomplished with his triple-threat professional debut – actor, director and producer (not to mention co-deviser), I feel confident we’ll […]

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    Q&A video and photos: What happens when audience & cast are shipwrecked together in The Tempest?

Q&A video and photos: What happens when audience & cast are shipwrecked together in The Tempest?

After chairing events for London transfers of Creation Theatre’s The Pit and The Pendulum and Dracula, I was chuffed to be invited to see them on their ‘home turf’ in Oxford and host a post-show Q&A for their new gaming take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
I’ve seen a few productions of The Tempest – including earlier this […]

  • Norah Lopez Holden, Ethan Kai, Zubin Varla & Robert Fitch at Equus post-show Q&A at Trafalgar Studios, 23 July 2019. © Peter Jones
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    Q&A photos: Why was working on Peter Shaffer’s Equus so freeing for the cast?

Q&A photos: Why was working on Peter Shaffer’s Equus so freeing for the cast?

How many different ways can one play be interpreted? The company of Equus were very keen not to impose their opinions but the audience at last night’s post-show Q&A at Trafalgar Studios had plenty of their own. Which were right? All of them!
And what a knowledgeable audience it was. Many had seen this or other previous […]

  • The Falcon's Malteser post-show Q&A at The Vaults. © Peter Jones
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    The Falcon’s Malteser Q&A video and photos: How to detect an Anthony Horowitz page-to-stage hit

The Falcon’s Malteser Q&A video and photos: How to detect an Anthony Horowitz page-to-stage hit

How did New Old Friends come to adapt Anthony Horowitz’s 1986 children’s novel The Falcon’s Malteser into a hit family stage show? How has a new gender-equal, four-strong cast brought it to life for its London premiere? And what do the kids – and parents – in the audience think?
I had such a giggle […]

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    Q&A video and photos: How did Nina Simone inspire Black Is the Color of My Voice?

Q&A video and photos: How did Nina Simone inspire Black Is the Color of My Voice?

How much do you know about Nina Simone? Guaranteed: after you see Black Is the Color Of My Voice, the one-woman play with music written by and starring young American theatremaker Apphia Campbell, you will be inspired to learn more.
The “High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North […]

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    Citysong Q&A video and photos: Comparing accents, tattoos & London vs Dublin theatre scenes

Citysong Q&A video and photos: Comparing accents, tattoos & London vs Dublin theatre scenes

Dylan Coburn Gray’s Citysong won the 2017 Verity Bargate Award for new and emerging playwrights and now receives its world premiere in this acclaimed co-production between Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and London’s Soho Theatre.
I was mesmerised by this time-hopping, Dublin-set urban poem – originally commissioned for a spoken word festival – which, over the course of […]

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    Q&A photos: Exploring the cosmos with Matthew Broderick, Elizabeth McGovern and The Starry Messenger cast

Q&A photos: Exploring the cosmos with Matthew Broderick, Elizabeth McGovern and The Starry Messenger cast

How fitting to hold a post-show Q&A for The Starry Messenger during Loneliness Awareness Week. Kenneth Lonergan’s beautifully delicate play considers the torment of, as New York Times’ critic Ben Brantley puts it:
“fallible, contradictory, lonely souls who can never quite articulate what’s missing in their lives but always feel the void”
In the play, set in the […]

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    The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Q&A video and photos: Stealing more time with the mischief-makers

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Q&A video and photos: Stealing more time with the mischief-makers

I closed out #MischiefMay, celebrating the world-dominating achievements of the comedy masters at Mischief Theatre, with my second of two post-show Q&As to the company’s two current West End hits.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery was the third West End offering from Mischief, following The Play That Goes Wrong (still running at the Duchess Theatre) […]

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    #MischiefMay: Celebrating 1,999 performances (sort of) with The Play That Goes Wrong‘s West End cast

#MischiefMay: Celebrating 1,999 performances (sort of) with The Play That Goes Wrong‘s West End cast

#MischiefMay is all about celebrating the world-dominating success of the comedy genius of Mischief Theatre onstage (running on all continents except Antarctica) and, increasingly, onscreen. I’m delighted to play a small part of this month’s mischievous activities with back-to-back post-show Q&As to Mischief’s two current West End hits, starting last night with The Play […]

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    Salome Q&A video and photos: What would the censor have made of this regendered version of Oscar Wilde’s play?

Salome Q&A video and photos: What would the censor have made of this regendered version of Oscar Wilde’s play?

After The Tempest and Lord of the Flies, my last of three post-show Q&As with Lazarus Theatre company for their 2019 season at Greenwich Theatre was last night to their new version of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, adapted and directed (and designed!) by artistic director Ricky Dukes. Ending on a (messy!) high.
“Salomé, Salomé, dance for me.
I pray […]

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    Intra Muros Q&A video and photos: What is the point of theatre? How do actors marry up their dual lives?

Intra Muros Q&A video and photos: What is the point of theatre? How do actors marry up their dual lives?

What does theatre mean to you? How do actors marry up the dual emotional demands of their chosen profession? How many ‘characters’ or versions of ourselves to the rest of us play in our own lives?
Those are some of the questions which are raised in Alexis Michalik’s fascinating play Intra Muros and which we […]

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    Q&A video and photos: Overturning the ‘white saviour’ narrative with the Cry Havoc company

Q&A video and photos: Overturning the ‘white saviour’ narrative with the Cry Havoc company

How lucky am I? Last night I got to spend a second night in a row with lovely Olivier Awards nominee Marc Antolin.
After sitting behind him at the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday night, when he was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for Little Shop of Horrors at the Open Air […]

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    Lord of the Flies Q&A video and photos: Are humans inherently good or evil?

Lord of the Flies Q&A video and photos: Are humans inherently good or evil?

Last night I chaired my second of three post-show Q&As with Lazarus Theatre Company as part of their 2019 residency at Greenwich Theatre – their highly acclaimed return production of Lord of the Flies.
William Golding’s novel was published in 1954 and was highly influenced by the wartime experiences he’d lived through. “Anyone who moved […]

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    Q&A photos and video: Talking chemsex, HIV positivity & intimacy at Undetectable

Q&A photos and video: Talking chemsex, HIV positivity & intimacy at Undetectable

Why is intimacy so hard? In the bedroom, when can drugs be a help and when a hindrance? How much should we reveal to a new partner? What new demons do today’s young gay men carry with them into relationships?
After the fun we had last month with My Dad’s Gap Year at the Park Theatre, […]

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    Do You Love This Planet? Q&A video and photos: Philosophy, individual responsibility and climate change

Do You Love This Planet? Q&A video and photos: Philosophy, individual responsibility and climate change

How often do you ask yourself this question: Do you love this planet? No, but seriously, do you really love this planet? How much? And how much are you willing to sacrifice to prove it in the face of impending Armageddon? What are you actually doing?
What philosopher and life-long nuclear disarmament activist Alexander Matthews […]

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    Call Me Vicky Q&A video and photos: How difficult was it to transition in the 1980s?

Call Me Vicky Q&A video and photos: How difficult was it to transition in the 1980s?

It was a great big family affair for my post-show Q&A at Call Me Vicky at the Pleasance Theatre this weekend. The new one-act comedy-drama marks the playwriting debut for sisters Stacey and Nicola Bland, who also perform in the cast, and their mum, dad and nan were in proud attendance.
Call Me Vicky is […]

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    Post-show forum: Taking the All in a Row controversy & conversation offline

Post-show forum: Taking the All in a Row controversy & conversation offline

A lot has been said about All in a Row online (especially on Twitter around #puppetgate) – about the play itself, its depiction of autism and its use of a puppet in portraying the non-verbal autistic 11-year-old character. Last night we were able to take the conversation offline.
I felt a great responsibility in chairing what I view as […]

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    Gently Down the Stream Q&A podcast and photos: Martin Sherman on passing on gay history and happiness

Gently Down the Stream Q&A podcast and photos: Martin Sherman on passing on gay history and happiness

“It’s so rare these days to see a play about optimism,” the wonderful actor Malcolm Sinclair told me after Wednesday night’s performance of Gently Down the Stream at the Park Theatre. Malcolm had attended the press night two days earlier and loved Martin Sherman’s new play so much that he returned with his partner […]

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    The Tempest Q&A video and photos: What happens when Prospero & Miranda becomes a mother-son relationship?

The Tempest Q&A video and photos: What happens when Prospero & Miranda becomes a mother-son relationship?

In my first of three post-show Q&As this year with Lazarus Theatre, I was at Greenwich Theatre for this pioneering ensemble company’s exciting re-examination of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Sure, we’ve had Prospero played by a woman before – not least Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren and Harriet Walter – but what happens when you take […]

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    My Dad’s Gap Year Q&A video and photos: Launching Tom Wright and Rikki Beadle-Blair’s unstoppable collaboration

My Dad’s Gap Year Q&A video and photos: Launching Tom Wright and Rikki Beadle-Blair’s unstoppable collaboration

The Park Theatre was absolutely buzzing last night with two sell-out shows, including in Park 90, Tom Wright’s debut play My Dad’s Gap Year, which has nearly sold out the rest of its run too. What’s the secret alchemy between Wright and his director Rikki Beadle-Blair?
I suspect that a key element is their mutual […]

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    The Ministry of Biscuits Q&A video and photos: Sharing biscuits and a love of G&S with Philip Reeve and co

The Ministry of Biscuits Q&A video and photos: Sharing biscuits and a love of G&S with Philip Reeve and co

Charming, delectable, delicious. And those are just the custard creams… It’s not often I get offered biscuits at the post-show Q&As I chair, but at a show called The Ministry of Biscuits, it would have seemed remiss not to.
Since its 1998 premiere, this delightful musical has been scaled down to a bijou four-hander performed by […]

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    The Showstoppers Q&A video and photos: ‘Just give us something with heart’ say the musical improv masters

The Showstoppers Q&A video and photos: ‘Just give us something with heart’ say the musical improv masters

I’ve been following the insanely talented improv geniuses of The Showstoppers for most of their eleven years. How do they do it? I still can’t really fathom it, but I was pleased to gain a few more insights – and a new well of admiration – after chairing a post-show Q&A with them this […]

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    ‘I walk around naked a lot more’: Video and photos from all-female Nuns Q&A

‘I walk around naked a lot more’: Video and photos from all-female Nuns Q&A

I started this past weekend in a room full of wonderful, talented and inspiring women (and some great male allies) at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre chairing a BOSSY all-female panel after a performance of Robert Luxford’s Nuns.
Thanks to the Dutch Dame Productions’ co-founders Cecile Sinclair and Natalya Wolter-Ferguson, She’s Diverse co-producer Valerie Isaiah-Sadoh and their company […]

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    Outlying Islands Q&A video and photos: The creative collaboration at the heart of Atticist’s success

Outlying Islands Q&A video and photos: The creative collaboration at the heart of Atticist’s success

In the second of my back-to-back post-show Q&As at the King’s Head Theatre this past week, I was at the Off West End powerhouse’s original home in Islington for Atticist’s first London revival of David Greig’s 2002 play Outlying Islands.
Outlying Islands is only the third production from Atticist, but the company has already earned […]

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    Chasing Bono Q&A video and photos: Turning failure into success and finding god (the solo)

Chasing Bono Q&A video and photos: Turning failure into success and finding god (the solo)

My final post-show Q&A of the year, to the stage premiere of Chasing Bono, was an absolute Irish corker! After a revealing discussion about the fine line between success and failure and the perils of fame, it ended with an impromptu song performance. Could someone in stage management get us a guitar at Soho Theatre? They could and […]

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    Dialektikon Q&A video and photos: How much do you know about Stokely Carmichael? (And four other big thinkers)

Dialektikon Q&A video and photos: How much do you know about Stokely Carmichael? (And four other big thinkers)

Author Jacky Ivimy was inspired to start writing Dialektikon after coming across film and transcripts from the Liberation of Dialectics Congress.
At this two-week event, held at London’s Roundhouse in 1967, some of the late 20th century’s leading thinkers convened – including Trinidadian-born civil rights activist and Black Panther Stokely Carmichael, English scientist Gregory Bateson, […]

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    Hot Gay Time Machine Q&A video and photos: Celebrating birthdays, coming out and locker-room cocks

Hot Gay Time Machine Q&A video and photos: Celebrating birthdays, coming out and locker-room cocks

You know you’re at a different type of theatre experience when you find yourself singing along – loudly – about how much we all love looking at cocks in the locker room. (Even when you’ve never been in a cocker-room.)
The party spirit for Hot Gay Time Machine starts before the performance as co-stars Toby […]

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    Looking for Gatsby Q&A video and photos: How does F Scott Fitzgerald’s story look from Daisy’s perspective?

Looking for Gatsby Q&A video and photos: How does F Scott Fitzgerald’s story look from Daisy’s perspective?

Swift but swinging! We had less than twenty minutes for last night’s post-show Q&A for new musical Looking for Gatsby but – taking a leaf out of this incredible company’s book – we made the most of it. It’s amazing how much you can ground you can cover when you’re up against the clock!
What happens […]

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    Soldier On Q&A video and photos: Does a soldier ever really stop being a soldier?

Soldier On Q&A video and photos: Does a soldier ever really stop being a soldier?

Does a soldier ever stop being a soldier? “No!” shouted several from the audience at last night’s post-show discussion for Soldier On at The Other Palace.
The play, dubbed “The Full Military Monty”, was developed and workshopped with real soldiers and their families and shows how all are affected by PTSD. It’s performed by a […]

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    A Guide for the Homesick Q&A video and photos: How did Doctors Without Borders & homophobia inspire this new play?

A Guide for the Homesick Q&A video and photos: How did Doctors Without Borders & homophobia inspire this new play?

The night after they faced the press, the team behind the European premiere production of A Guide for the Homesick faced a packed audience, most of whom stayed on to take part enthusiastically in our post-show discussion.
Ken Urban’s play was commissioned in 2011 and had its world premiere last year in Boston. This new production […]

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    The Wider Earth Q&A video and photos: Puppetry evolution & Charles Darwin at the Natural History Museum

The Wider Earth Q&A video and photos: Puppetry evolution & Charles Darwin at the Natural History Museum

The Wider Earth is billed as one of the theatre events of the year – and, on this occasion, that’s no exaggeration. What a privilege for me to play a small part in helping to launch this spectacular and historic production, which tells the story of a young Charles Darwin and is staged in […]

  • The Sweet Science of Bruising post-show Q&A with writer Joy Wilkinson, director Kirsty Patrick Ward & producer Ashley Cook at Southwark Playhouse on 6 October 2018.
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    The Sweet Science of Bruising Q&A video and photos: Why’s now the right time for a play about Victorian female boxers?

The Sweet Science of Bruising Q&A video and photos: Why’s now the right time for a play about Victorian female boxers?

This weekend, I got to enter the boxing ring at London’s Southwark Playhouse to chair a post-show Q&A at Troupe Theatre’s world premiere production of Joy Wilkinson’s The Sweet Science of Bruising.
London, 1869. Four very different Victorian women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing by the eccentric Professor Sharp. Controlled by men […]

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    Kids Play Q&A video and photos: Talking taboos and teddy bears with Glenn Chandler

Kids Play Q&A video and photos: Talking taboos and teddy bears with Glenn Chandler

When a show has as many twists and turns as Glenn Chandler’s KIDS PLAY, there are special challenges in live-streaming and live-tweeting a post-show discussion. Last night, Chander, his London stars David Mullen and Joseph Clarke, myself and the audience at Above the Stag did our best to avoid spoilers. Though it was difficult at points!
What […]

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    Ay, Carmela! Q&A video and photos: Do only the dead remember the Spanish Civil War?

Ay, Carmela! Q&A video and photos: Do only the dead remember the Spanish Civil War?

How much do you know about the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)? Who fought on the side of the Republicans and who for the Nationalists? What happened to those who got caught in the middle, such as Paulino and Carmelo in Jose Sanchis Sinisterra’s Ay, Carmela!?
In the 1986 stage play, famously made into a 1990 Spanish […]

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    Where We Began Q&A video and photos: Should where we’re born define where we end up?

Where We Began Q&A video and photos: Should where we’re born define where we end up?

Should country of birth define your identity or determine where you end up? 
Set in the near-future, Stand and Be Counted Theatre’s highly political new play Where We Began imagines a world where a new universal law mandates that everyone must return to where they were born and stay there. Borders are built everywhere and strictly enforced: […]

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    Square Rounds Q&A video and photos: Sharing drinks and views on destruction

Square Rounds Q&A video and photos: Sharing drinks and views on destruction

The pub beneath the Finborough Theatre, where Proud Haddock’s revival of Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds, is currently closed for refurbishment. So what does Proud Haddock artistic director Jimmy Walters do on the night of our post-show Q&A? Bring in drinks from the off-licence for everyone, both onstage and in the audience. I’ll drink to that!
The […]

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    Unexpected Joy Q&A video and photos: How can we find common ground through musical theatre?

Unexpected Joy Q&A video and photos: How can we find common ground through musical theatre?

Can musical theatre help us find common ground with those with whom we disagree? If so, Unexpected Joy is undoubtedly the musical to do it. 

Set in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Unexpected Joy is the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions and a week together where change is in the air. Joy, a baby boomer […]

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    Blood Wedding Q&A and podcast: What happens when you relocate Lorca to modern London?

Blood Wedding Q&A and podcast: What happens when you relocate Lorca to modern London?

What a reminder that live theatre is LIVE, that things can go wrong and that that’s all part of the excitement. 
At the Omnibus Theatre last night, Blood Wedding’s 7.30pm start time was delayed as one of the actors was trapped on a broken down overground train. I was already there to chair a post-show Q&A […]

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    Six Q&A video and photos: Which other historic female figures should get the musical treatment?

Six Q&A video and photos: Which other historic female figures should get the musical treatment?

Adrenaline still pumping as I type this! SIX The Musical was the undisputed hit of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and it’s now transferred back to the West End’s Arts Theatre for an extended run at the Arts Theatre, where it had a handful of showcase performances over the Christmas/New Year period.

I first saw the show […]

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    Dust Q&A photos and podcast: Really talking – and listening – to Milly Thomas and Sara Joyce about suicide

Dust Q&A photos and podcast: Really talking – and listening – to Milly Thomas and Sara Joyce about suicide

Are we really talking about mental ill health? Or just talking about talking about it? Are we listening – actively listening – to those in need? What stops someone from committing suicide? How much do you know about Samaritans, the world’s first-ever 24-hour helpline after 999?

Milly Thomas wrote Dust after feeling frustrated at not […]

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    Silk Road Q&A video and photos: How DO you buy drugs online? And write a play about it?

Silk Road Q&A video and photos: How DO you buy drugs online? And write a play about it?

How do you buy drugs online? What was Silk Road? Could the libertarians on it actually be steering us towards a more humane drug policy? Or is a play about this dark-web marketplace glamourising drugs? What do you do with a bitcoin production donation? Who’s actually read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island?

Not the usual questions […]

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    The One Q&A podcast and photos: Why do we need more intimacy directors in theatre?

The One Q&A podcast and photos: Why do we need more intimacy directors in theatre?

What is an intimacy director? How do they change the power dynamic on a production? Why have we had to wait for the #MeToo backlash to get them?

Vicky Jones’ debut play The One, about a toxic and violent modern relationship, won the Verity Bargate Award in 2013 and received its world premiere at Soho […]

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    Knights of the Rose Q&A video and photos: Defining the new ‘rockspeare’ genre and celebrating understudies (sort of)

Knights of the Rose Q&A video and photos: Defining the new ‘rockspeare’ genre and celebrating understudies (sort of)

On Wednesday afternoon, Jennifer Caldwell was working in the box office at the Arts Theatre, where new musical Knights of the Rose is currently playing. That night, with less than three hours’ rehearsal and having never even seen the show all the way through, she was onstage playing one of the female leads. As […]

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    Q&A video and photos: Little Voice makes a big impact at the Barn

Q&A video and photos: Little Voice makes a big impact at the Barn

Are women punished in drama for liking sex and drink? What has modern classic The Rise and Fall of Little Voice got in common with Greek drama? What’s the secret to vocal impressions?

I was delighted to return to Cirencester this weekend to chair my third consecutive post-show discussion at the pioneering Barn Theatre. For this […]

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    It Happened in Key West Q&A video and photos: But did it ACTUALLY happen? (Yes)

It Happened in Key West Q&A video and photos: But did it ACTUALLY happen? (Yes)

Andrew Lloyd Webber came up twice in conversation at last night’s post-show for It Happened in Key West. The second pertained to the title of the show which, many years ago, when Jeremiah James was first inspired by a late-night television documentary about Carl von Cosel. James had originally wanted to call this musical Love Never Dies… […]

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    Q&A video and photos: Why are we still so fascinated by these Sirens of the Silver Screen?

Q&A video and photos: Why are we still so fascinated by these Sirens of the Silver Screen?

If you had to choose just three Hollywood legends to build a theatre show around, who would you choose? For Sirens of the Silver Screen, Beth Burrows selected Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. At last night’s post-show discussion at the Tabard Theatre, she explained why she did, how much fun she had researching […]

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    Pressure Q&A video and photos: How did David Haig come to write and star in a play about unsung Scottish hero and weatherman James Stagg?

Pressure Q&A video and photos: How did David Haig come to write and star in a play about unsung Scottish hero and weatherman James Stagg?

If you’d never heard of the James Stagg before David Haig’s latest play Pressure, don’t feel bad: neither had he. Haig was approached by director John Dove and Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre who wanted to create a play about an unsung Scottish hero. They drew up a list of possible candidates and Stagg caught […]

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    Beirut Q&A video and photos: When is an AIDS play not really about AIDS at all?

Beirut Q&A video and photos: When is an AIDS play not really about AIDS at all?

A warning to start: Beirut is not for the prudish. In this two-hander, Robert Rees’ Torch starts the evening buck naked (doing pull-ups) and he and co-star Louisa Connolly-Burnham, as his lustily willing-to-risk-anything girlfriend Blue, spend the next 65 minutes in various stages of undress, tumbling in and out of bed (well, a single mattress on […]

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    The Yellow Wallpaper Q&A video and photos: What does a 19th-century American short story tell us about modern misogyny and mental health?

The Yellow Wallpaper Q&A video and photos: What does a 19th-century American short story tell us about modern misogyny and mental health?

Audience member Jessica McClellan at the Omnibus Theatre tweeted that last night’s post-show discussion for The Yellow Wallpaper was “deep AF” (I’ll assume you know what the AF stands for in social media speak…). It was pretty deep, in keeping with the extraordinary performance we’d just witnessed of Gemma Yates-Round as Alice, a woman suffering from […]

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    Schism Q&A video and photos: Talking feminism, diversity, accessibility and toxic relationships with author-actor-activist Athena Stevens

Schism Q&A video and photos: Talking feminism, diversity, accessibility and toxic relationships with author-actor-activist Athena Stevens

Two scratch-your-head stats shared during my post-show Q&A for Schism last night at London’s Park Theatre: one, less than five percent of the UK population has dated someone with a disability, and two – wait for it – only one in four have even had a conversation with a disabled person.

Is it any wonder that diverse […]

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    Q&A video and photos: Katy Brand and 3Women‘s stars on feminism and happiness

Q&A video and photos: Katy Brand and 3Women‘s stars on feminism and happiness

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 and the consequences of the generational gap on attitudes, cultural expectations and family dynamics. It’s set […]

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

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

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 wanted to take part in the post-show discussion – so the game team at […]

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

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

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 Productions, who selected it from some 200 scripts received after an open submissions call. It’s […]

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

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

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 four-hander Rasheeda Speaking caused a stir when it was first seen in Chicago and New […]

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

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

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 the opposite happened this weekend at The Gulf. The matinee audience included a large group […]

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

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

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 Lights, the company she co-founded with three of her peers at Royal Welsh College […]

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

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

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 was wonderful to revisit this beautiful, new, 200-seat theatre and this stunning, folk-influenced production in […]

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

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

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 of London during the Blitz. But now that it’s moved to the London Hippodrome, it’s […]

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

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

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 at Philip Ridley’s Tonight with Donny Stixx. That one-man show, which follows a would-be magician […]

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    Q&A video and photos: Questioning the point of philosophy with The Soul of Wittgenstein company

Q&A video and photos: Questioning the point of philosophy with The Soul of Wittgenstein company

What’s the point of philosophy? According to Ludwig Wittgenstein, as portrayed in Ron Elisha’s moving and thought-provoking two-hander The Soul of Wittgenstein now running at Clapham Omnibus:
“It creates the illusion of knowledge. Which gives one a sense of order. Which, in turn, suggests a measure of control. Which rolls back the waves of raw fear.”
That […]

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

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 […]

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    Q&A video and photos: Bringing Beckett’s Waiting for Godot home after 62 years

Q&A video and photos: Bringing Beckett’s Waiting for Godot home after 62 years

I had my own Godotesque moment to start last night’s Waiting for Godot Q&A. The stage was bare. Where were the chairs? Was anyone bringing chairs? How long would we be waiting for chairs? Did such things as chairs exist? In the end, five chairs did materialise – just enough for the show’s director and […]

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    Q&A podcast and photos: What would Lucille Ball think of I Loved Lucy?

Q&A podcast and photos: What would Lucille Ball think of I Loved Lucy?

It’s always a real privilege to have the playwright involved when you’re chairing a post-show Q&A. But when the play is also based on the playwright’s own best-selling memoir… When the memoir recounts his relationship with a legend like Lucille Ball… Well, that’s extra special.

Add to the presence of I Loved Lucy author Lee Tannen the show’s […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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    Q&A photos and podcast: Why has James Shirley’s The Cardinal been overlooked since the 17th century?

Q&A photos and podcast: Why has James Shirley’s The Cardinal been overlooked since the 17th century?

James Shirley’s 1641 tragic masterpiece THE CARDINAL, one of the last plays staged in England before Oliver Cromwell’s ban on theatre, this month receives its first major production since the 17th century. This critically lauded rediscovery is directed by Justin Audibert for Troupe Theatre in a limited season now running at London’s Southwark Playhouse […]

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    Photos, video & podcast: Creating a musical out of wartime prejudice in Miss Nightingale

Photos, video & podcast: Creating a musical out of wartime prejudice in Miss Nightingale

What a great way to get the Bank Holiday weekend off with a swing. Last night, I hosted a post-show Q&A at MISS NIGHTINGALE. This original British musical is now in its sixth iteration – musicals, as Sondheim says, aren’t written but re-written – since starting life as a short piece in Ipswich and […]

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    Photos and podcast: Nearly 300 years on, why does The Beggar’s Opera still resonate?

Photos and podcast: Nearly 300 years on, why does The Beggar’s Opera still resonate?

There’s something in the water with The Beggar’s Opera at the moment. Lazarus Theatre’s new, modern-dress, 80-minute version at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre is the third major London presentation of the story of womanising highwayman Macheath this year.

Dougal Irvine’s musical The Buskers Opera, set in post-Olympics London with a Boris Johnson-like mayor (premiered on the day […]

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    Photos and podcast: Brush up your Berkoff with Nigel Harman and co

Photos and podcast: Brush up your Berkoff with Nigel Harman and co

Two rarely seen short plays by Steven Berkoff are professionally performed together for the first time in this much-anticipated West End premiere. LUNCH and, written 20 years later, its sequel THE BOW OF ULYSSES are both set at the seaside where a couple first passionately collide and, decades later, sit reflecting on their wasted […]

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    Photos and podcast: One-to-one with The Book Club‘s Amanda Muggleton

Photos and podcast: One-to-one with The Book Club‘s Amanda Muggleton

If you have to work on your birthday, this is just the kind of work you want. After watching the wonderful Amanda Muggleton rip through her 90-minute one-woman comedy The Book Club on Friday night, I joined her one-on-one on the onstage sofa for more hilarity.

In The Book Club, Amanda plays suburban housewife Deb, whose […]

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    Photos and podcast: Mart Crowley and The Boys in the Band cast on making history

Photos and podcast: Mart Crowley and The Boys in the Band cast on making history

UPDATED: The Boys in the Band transfers to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited season from 7 to 18 February 2017. Buy tickets here.

Mart Crowley’s seminal play, The Boys in the Band, premiered in New York in 1968, just 14 months before the Stonewall riots that ignited the gay rights movement. […]

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    Photos and podcast: Post-show Q&A at the European premiere of NYC hit Waiting for Waiting for Godot

Photos and podcast: Post-show Q&A at the European premiere of NYC hit Waiting for Waiting for Godot

Two hapless understudies on a production of Waiting for Godot occupy their time backstage, trying to understand art, life, theatre and their precarious existence within it. Dave Hanson’s hit New York comedy Waiting for Waiting for Godot receives its European premiere at London’s St James Theatre and, just before he flew back to New […]

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

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

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 first major London revival, Charles Dorfman takes on the pivotal role of a writer (never addressed […]

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

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

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 at Jermyn Street Theatre, where Landi Oshinowo takes on the role of pop star […]

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

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

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 Peter Tatchell for decades.

It was in the late 1980s that Tatchell first learned of Værnet, […]

PHOTOS: The new cast of Some Girl(s) show their sassiness

Character portraits aren’t just for Harry Potter. Photographer Darren Bell gained access to the new cast of Buckland Theatre’s revival of Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) to snap these beauties.
In the play, directed by Gary Condes, Guy (played by Charles Dorfman) is desperate to clear his conscience before he gets married. So he sets off on […]

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    Photos and podcast: Sideways author Rex Pickett and the wine-mad cast

Photos and podcast: Sideways author Rex Pickett and the wine-mad cast

Did you know that Sideways was an unpublished novel – rejected, like the efforts of the character Miles in the story, some 66 times – when the film rights were first picked up? In fact, the novel and film, about middle-aged buddies Miles and Jack on a pre-nuptials road trip through California wine country, were […]

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    Photos and podcast: Talking politics and musicals at The Buskers Opera

Photos and podcast: Talking politics and musicals at The Buskers Opera

The Buskers Opera, set during the London 2012 Olympics, is inspired by John Gay’s 1728 The Beggar’s Opera which, amongst other works, has also inspired Brecht’s 1928 piece The Threepenny Opera, revived later this month at the National Theatre.

But while the basic structure and characters are owed to Gay, the zany genius of The Buskers Opera […]

Photos: Final Father post-show panel on Women in the Arts

All good things must come to an end. Last night was the third and final post-show panel discussion in the series that I’ve programmed and hosted around Jagged Fence’s new production of The Father, starring Alex Ferns. While I’m sad the series has finished (it was such invigorating fun!), I’m happy to say that […]

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    Photos and podcast: Equal parenting, Fathers4Justice and Strindberg’s The Father

Photos and podcast: Equal parenting, Fathers4Justice and Strindberg’s The Father

I’m still reeling after the thrillingly heated and thought-provoking panel discussion I hosted last night at Trafalgar Studios 2. This was the second in a series of post-show events I’ve programmed around issues and themes raised in Jagged Fence’s explosive new production of Strindberg’s The Father, starring Alex Ferns.

We set a high benchmark with last […]

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    Photos and podcast: Feminism, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Father

Photos and podcast: Feminism, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Father

How far have we come with feminism since August Strindberg was writing in the 1880s? “About halfway,” said Polly Toynbee on Monday night at Trafalgar Studios, in the first of a series of post-show panel discussions I’ve programmed and am hosting around Jagged Fence’s explosive new production of Strindberg’s The Father, starring Alex Ferns and […]

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    You’re invited: Join my post-show panel debates at The Father

You’re invited: Join my post-show panel debates at The Father

Updated 1 April: New speakers now added for “Women in the Arts” debate on Tuesday 7 April – London Evening Standard chief arts correspondent Louise Jury and writer-director-feminist Fiona Laird …

I just love a good post-show Q&A and, frankly, I miss doing them as often as I used to in my WhatsOnStage days. My firm belief is that a […]

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    My theatre diary: Plays to make you think – Widowers’ Houses, Visitors, Hope and Sirens

My theatre diary: Plays to make you think – Widowers’ Houses, Visitors, Hope and Sirens

If your brain has started to turn to mush after too much turkey and mash, get yourself along to one of these four plays quick. I can personally recommend each for provoking serious thought, discussion and reflection on urgent issues including local government, austerity, dementia, discrimination, feminism, urban housing and corruption, to name a […]

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    Video and photos: Spoiling debate ahead of Scottish referendum

Video and photos: Spoiling debate ahead of Scottish referendum

“Talk about handling a hot potato,” Gabriel Quigley said to me after I chaired a post-show Q&A with her and her co-star Richard Clements following last Thursday’s performance of Spoiling at Theatre Royal Stratford East. John

McCann’s new play, a co-production between Stratford East and Scotland’s Traverse Theatre, is ferociously topical – taking as its […]

Photos and podcast: Therese Raquin post-show Q&A

What a turnout! After a Twitter RT frenzy with the cast of Therese Raquin yesterday, every single one of them joined me for a post-show Q&A after their sensational performance last night at the Park Theatre – including, as promised, feline star, Francois the Cat!

We were also joined by Nona Sheppard, who adapted Emile […]

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    Photos and podcast: The Frida Kahlo of Penge West post-show Q&A

Photos and podcast: The Frida Kahlo of Penge West post-show Q&A

I had a great time last night (3 July 2014) hosting the post-show Q&A at the hilarious new “two-woman comedy about putting on a one-woman show”, The Frida Kahlo of Penge West. I was joined by writer/director Chris Larner and the show’s two stars, Cecily Nash and Laura Kirman.

Amongst the topics discussed were: comedy […]