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

Press Pass: Everything you need to know about School of Rock The Musical

Here's everything you need to know about last night's West End premiere of School of Rock: The Musical in a nutshell: Andrew Lloyd Webber has a monster hit on his hands; the show is both a return to hit factory form for the Lord and also not at all what you'd expect from a Lord; David Fynn as Dewey Finn (that's still tough to keep straight) is very good and the kids (who they all play their own instruments) are absolutely phenomenal (and they all play their own instruments); the show…
By Terri Paddock | 15 November 2016 | , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What fair-minded people need to know about… Trump’s America

In the days before this year's US presidential election, Donald Trump predicted that the result would be "Brexit-plus-plus-plus".  For me personally, "Brexit-plus-plus-plus" is a fair description of my personal reaction to the news: as an American who has lived in London most of her adult life, someone who has dual nationality, someone who campaigned hard in the UK for Remain, someone who vocally supported Hillary Clinton, someone who has many family members who voted for Donald Trump, someone who is devastated to learn that not just 47% of the US electorate but so…
By Terri Paddock | 13 November 2016 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Photos and podcast: Jane Fonda and war on trial with Anne Archer and co

What does The Trial of Jane Fonda, concerning the actor-activist's controversial protests during the Vietnam War (in which the UK did not support our US allies), have to tell us about more recent conflicts in Syria and Iraq (in which we did)? Particularly in the wake of the Chilcot Report? (And was the timing of the play's London premiere season in the wake of Chilcot's publication purely accidental?) After last night's performance of The Trial of Jane Fonda at the Park Theatre, to discuss these and many other issues, I was joined…
By Terri Paddock | 20 July 2016 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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, and the devastating "cure" he practised on homosexual prisoners at Buchenwald concentration camp. In the years since, Tatchell has waged a long campaign to raise awareness of Værnet's war crimes and to extract an apology from the Danish and…
By Terri Paddock | 7 July 2016 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Plays for my #Brexit & #Chilcot mood: The Truth & Faith Healer

Has anyone else had difficulty getting back into their theatregoing after the results of the EU Referendum? The two - excellent - plays I have managed to see since the UK voted to leave on 23 June, have both, in a strange way, deepened my Brexit despair too. Neither Florian Zeller's The Truth nor Faith Healer by the late Brian Friel have anything to do with politics, per se, but both deal in lies and fictions, misguided loyalties and self-harm - for me, hallmarks of the electorate's fatally flawed decision to take…
By Terri Paddock | 6 July 2016 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


My personal #EURef round-up: If you’re not sure how to vote yet, please read & watch

I've spent a lot of time over the past two months campaigning on behalf of Britain Stronger in Europe and Labour In for Britain. In these final days leading up to the EU Referendum next Thursday, 23 June, I'm actually IN Europe, on a long-planned holiday to my favourite European escape, Mallorca. And I'm feeling increasingly anxious watching the news, horrific hate- and scare-mongering and nauseating polls from afar and feeling guilty that I'm not back in London continuing to pass out leaflets, knock on doors and man phonebanks. (I'll be…
By Terri Paddock | 15 June 2016 | , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


A View from Islington North: “It’s not all about deselection”

Having never met him before, in less than a week, I’ve crossed paths with Jon Lansman, chair of Momentum, twice. Last Thursday, he attended the monthly meeting of my constituency Labour party (CLP), in which one of his colleagues threatened the deselection (or to be precise, the “mandatory reselection”) of my MP. Tonight, I ran into him on the red carpet for the West End opening of Out of Joint’s evening of five short political plays, A View from Islington North. I said hello to Lansman tonight and pointed out…
By Terri Paddock | 24 May 2016 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


From stage to page: Barney Norris’ Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain + 12 quotes

I took slight umbrage with arts journalist Richard Brooks the other week. “You have probably not heard of Barney Norris,” started one of Brooks’ item in his weekly column in the Sunday Times’ Culture section. “Yes, I absolutely have!” I harrumphed. I have been a vocal champion of Barney’s since seeing his award-winning debut play Visitors at the Bush Theatre two years ago. But really I should thank Brooks. His piece – and related advert a few pages later in the Culture section - reminded me that Barney’s debut novel…
By Terri Paddock | 23 May 2016 | , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Monster Raving Loony: Where is the party now? Tooting…

When Monster Raving Loony was announced a few months ago, I got a bashing on Twitter when I cheekily asked dramatist James Graham if he’d considered writing his next political play about the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn – “or if that was too close to his current subject”. I don’t want to attract more ire so won’t dwell on the comparison but, suffice to say, seeing the play in its London premiere at Soho Theatre, my reaction was inevitably informed by my personal experience as a moderate Labour Party…
By Terri Paddock | 22 May 2016 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Elegy: Would you erase your lover’s memory of you to save their life?

I’ve met up with two friend couples since seeing Nick Payne’s new play Elegy at the Donmar Warehouse on Saturday afternoon – well, seeing it via the loop in the theatre bar as a coughing fit drove me out of the auditorium five minutes into the performance – and I’ve posed the play’s central question to them as well as to my own partner Peter: If your other half had a terminal disease, and you could save their life by erasing from his or her mind, all memory of you…
By Terri Paddock | 2 May 2016 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >