Terri’s Blogs: Personal

Occasionally, I have thoughts that have either have nothing to do with theatre – astonishing – or that cross other private boundaries. You can find these ramblings here.

Personal |  Theatrical

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 Lass' excellent revival at The Vaults, evocatively staged beneath Waterloo Station, the rumble of the trains creating the soundscape, Hare's play has not only lost none of its power - it's also become evident to…
By Terri Paddock | 25 September 2019 | , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 Last, co-written by James Lewis and Alexander Knott, speaks to our collective worries and fears. The action is set in the present day but, while conceived during and clearly fuelled by divisions cleaved since the…
By Terri Paddock | 13 September 2019 | , , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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, has turned his hand to Robert Louis Stevenson's 1866 classic The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde and given it an ultra-modern and politically charged makeover. The story of man's duality, an epic battle between good and…
By Terri Paddock | 8 September 2019 | , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 Caroline in 1933, the sixth of eight children. Though she passed away, aged 70, in 2003, she lives on musically with her enduring standards including "I Put a Spell on You", "Feeling Good", "I Ain't Got…
By Terri Paddock | 3 July 2019 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Tony’s Last Tape Q&A video and photos: What would Tony Benn have thought of Brexit, Corbyn & this play about him?

This past Wednesday (3 April 2019) would have been Tony Benn's 94th birthday. Great celebratory timing for the return of Tony's Last Tape, the one-man play celebrating the Labour firebrand, who died in 2014. And last night, I was delighted to return to the play myself and to chair a warm and celebratory post-show discussion. Many in the audience at Clapham's Omnibus Theatre knew and were influenced by Tony Benn and were happy to share memories and thoughts on what he would think about the play as well as today's political situation, including…
By Terri Paddock | 6 April 2019 | , , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Half Me, Half You Q&A video and photos: It’s not easy to talk about racism & hate crime, but it’s necessary

Did seeing fascist Tommy Robinson denouncing Muslims and immigrants on a big screen in Whitehall terrify you? What are the long-term consequences of today's political rhetoric in Trump's America and Brexit Britain? How much does it fuel hate crimes against minority groups? How worried should we be? What can we do about it?   Debut playwright Liane Grant was inspired to write Half Me, Half You, set in Trump's America today and then 16 years in the future, after watching the president praise "very fine people" taking part in white supremacist demonstrations…
By Terri Paddock | 2 April 2019 | , , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Counting Sheep Q&A video and photos: How do you stage a real-life revolution?

It's only a matter of days until the UK is scheduled to depart the European Union. As anyone who follows me knows, Brexit is an outcome I've been fighting, marching and campaigning against since David Cameron first announced the date for the 2016 referendum.  So to be invited to chair Counting Sheep, in a new co-production with Belarus Free Theatre, particularly at this time, in this climate, was an unbelievable honour - and, frankly, quite emotional. If, like me (to my shame), your knowledge of Ukraine and its corrupt former president Victor Yanukovych is shaky at best,…
By Terri Paddock | 8 February 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


An Honourable Man Q&A video and photos: Has there ever been a more poisonous time in UK politics? (Insiders’ views)

Populism, patriotism, political theatre, predictions for Brexit and the fast-paced nature of life-imitating-art-imitating-life were amongst the topics covered in an incredibly good-natured discussion across a wide partisan spectrum at the post-show debate I chaired on Wednesday night at the premiere of An Honourable Man. Michael McManus' play had a sell-out, try-out week in June, which attracted praise from political commentators including Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, Times columnist Matthew Parris, House of Cards author Michael Dobbs and Another Country playwright Julian Mitchell. It has since been revised and updated. In an imagined…
By Terri Paddock | 22 November 2018 | , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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: no communication, and absolutely no travel, across them is permitted. The piece, written by SBC co-founder Rosie MacPherson, was inspired by Tafadzwa Muchenje, who first came into contact with SBC after attending their last production,…
By Terri Paddock | 24 September 2018 | , , , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 the Cervantes slung up a big screen onstage and Guillem Skyped in from Madrid. Guillem sent his apologies and told us more about his inspiration for the play. The 2016 terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando,…
By Terri Paddock | 9 May 2018 | , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >