Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

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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 a specially created, temporary, 357-seat venue in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum (the museum's first-ever performance theatre) just next to the Darwin Centre. The Wider Earth follows the 22-year-old Charles Darwin as he embarks…
By Terri Paddock | 10 October 2018 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 and constrained by corsets, each finds an unexpected freedom in the boxing ring. As their lives begin to intertwine their journey takes us through grand drawing rooms, bustling theatres and rowdy Southwark pubs where the…
By Terri Paddock | 7 October 2018 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 will a lonely boy will for love? Theo (Clarke) is a gay 17-year-old student in need of cash. Greg (Mullen) is a married businessman with an odd fetish. When the two meet up in a…
By Terri Paddock | 4 October 2018 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 film, Carmela and Paulino are a couple of travelling entertainers who accidentally cross a border that separates the two opposing sides of the last Spanish Civil War and end up in a town the National Army has just 'liberated'. They're…
By Terri Paddock | 29 September 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 >


Midnight Q&A video and photos: What would you do if the secret police knocked on your door?

So often with the news these days, parallels are drawn with our turbulent political times and the fascism that swept across Europe in the 1930s, and the question is asked: what would you do if...? Last night, I and the audience at the Union Theatre travelled back to the 1930s care of Midnight, in which the question is not only asked but set to musical refrain. This new British musical by Timothy Knapman (book and lyrics) and Laurence Mark Wythe (music and lyrics) is based on the 2007 play Citizens…
By Terri Paddock | 21 September 2018 | , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 drink and interaction added perfectly to a convivial and fascinating discussion on the morality of science and warfare, the challenges of verse drama, the history of Harrison's work (one audience member had seen the original National…
By Terri Paddock | 19 September 2018 | , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 pop star, is visited by her daughter Rachel and granddaughter Tamara, who have come from their home in Oklahoma, to attend a commemorative concert in honour of Joy's life partner, former singing partner and Rachel's…
By Terri Paddock | 14 September 2018 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 with adapter/director George Richmond-Scott so we decided to make it a pre-show Q&A. This turned into a fascinating, impromptu interview with George - carefully avoiding spoilers - about how his (and the highly engaged audience's)…
By Terri Paddock | 13 September 2018 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 last December, and it was fantastic to see how it's grown and gained even more in sass and confident with new direction by co-writer Lucy Moss (with Jamie Armitage), stunning new costumes by Gabriella Slade,…
By Terri Paddock | 12 September 2018 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >