Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

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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 director Connor Fogel, leading lady Trudi Camilleri and fellow cast members Will Arundell, Conor McFarlane, Emma Ralston and Tom Blackmore - was LaChiusa himself. What distinguishes his work? Why has he inspired such a devoted following on both…
By Terri Paddock | 21 August 2019 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 League university Princeton, who hook up one drunken night at a party. What actually happened when they made it back to Tom's dorm room? The drama unfolds in flash-backs and -forwards from the moment…
By Terri Paddock | 12 August 2019 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 world premiere comedy by Ryan Craig is. In it, four millennials - played by Evanna Lynch, Calum Callaghan, Tessie Orange-Turner and Billy Postlethwaite - are looking for sex, love and a well-located flat. They find…
By Terri Paddock | 8 August 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


The Time Of Our Lies Q&A video and photos: Did historian Howard Zinn predict our era of Trump & #fakenews?

A quick show of hands at last night's Q&A at the Park Theatre bore out my suspicion: most people, even left-leaning people, have not heard of Howard Zinn. Like those in the audience, before this show, I counted myself amongst them. So by that measure alone, Bianca Bagatourian's The Time Of Our Lies is a success - because, especially now, we should know about Howard Zinn and the urgent messages that he spent his life fighting to convey. “When I say history is a matter of life and death, I mean…
By Terri Paddock | 7 August 2019 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 - first via Martin Sherman's Gently Down the Stream at the Park Theatre and now via this transfer of Max Vernon's musical - that I became aware of the 1973 arson fire at The UpStairs…
By Terri Paddock | 4 August 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 than twenty million copies worldwide, many more sales no doubt fuelled by the 2016 Hollywood screen version, which starred Emily Blunt and relocated the story to the United States. For this hit stage version, husband-and-wife…
By Terri Paddock | 2 August 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 be hearing more about him for many years to come. Turned on to all things Chekhov while studying at the Moscow Art Theatre, Patrick Bayele returned to complete his drama degree at London's Queen Mary University with an…
By Terri Paddock | 1 August 2019 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 year, Lazarus Theatre's Brechtian gender-swapped approach at Greenwich Theatre - but I've never seen it done this way! And I'm willing to bet you haven't either. After boarding "Creation Cruises" at The King's Centre, Oxford,…
By Terri Paddock | 29 July 2019 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 productions before - several had even seen the original 1973 National Theatre premiere while a twenty-something man from Uzbekistan had come specially, having fallen in love with the play after multiple viewings care of his…
By Terri Paddock | 24 July 2019 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 at the opening night of The Falcon’s Malteser at The Vaults on Friday and was delighted to return on Saturday afternoon to talk to the show's co-creators, New Old Friends' husband and wife team Feargus Woods Dunlop…
By Terri Paddock | 22 July 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >