Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

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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, German philosopher Herbert Marcuse, Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing and American beat poet Allen Ginsberg. All of whom now feature in her new play as voices from the past offering lessons to young Miranda, on a fantastical…
By Terri Paddock | 13 December 2018 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 Marlow and Zak Ghazi-Torbati run out into the bar at Trafalgar Studios screaming for attention and then dance their audience conga-style into Studio 2. And on Thursday night, the party continued well beyond the 75-minute time-travelling…
By Terri Paddock | 1 December 2018 | , , , , , , | 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 >


Fanatical Q&A video and photos: How & when did sci-fi geekery became so cool?

One of my favourite reviews of Fanatical, the new British musical currently receiving its world premiere season at London's Playground Theatre, opines: "It will remind you why you love whatever it is that you're a fan of". This warm, big-hearted, unashamedly geeky show is indeed "a love letter to fandom", and at last night's post-show Q&A with cast, creatives and an audience stuffed full of fans of various stripes, we savoured and celebrated the fanboys and girls in all of us. Fanatical was originally conceived by Matt Board (music and…
By Terri Paddock | 21 November 2018 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


A Flea in Her Ear Q&A video and photos: From weekly workshops to a season of French comedies

The Acting Gymnasium, founded by Gavin McAlinden, runs weekly creative performance workshops that help individuals develop their acting skills, build confidence, exercise their imagination, improve vocal techniques and... perform in a professional show. You can see the product of their work in a season of French comedies running now at London's Theatro Technis. On Friday, I chaired a Q&A with Gavin McAlinden and members of the cast of his new Acting Gymnasium production of Feydeau's 1907 classic A Flea in Her Ear. Having not previously experienced Acting Gymnasium, what struck…
By Terri Paddock | 18 November 2018 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A video and photos: How to Catch a Krampus and celebrate the best of British drag

How much do you know about the British tradition of drag? British drag artists are the "punks of performance", according to Ginger Johnson, who has written, directed, designed and performs in a show that brilliantly illustrates and celebrates this tradition. How to Catch a Krampus is the latest offering from Sink the Pink. After a decade of huge club nights and parties "in need of glitter", and two special seasons in a performance space created at Selfridges, this renowned drag collective ends its tenth birthday year at The Pleasance with its first-ever theatrical…
By Terri Paddock | 16 November 2018 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


The Pit & the Pendulum Q&A video and photos: Reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s horror story with hijabs and headsets

Edgar Allan Poe wrote the short story The Pit & the Pendulum in 1842, inspired by the idea of a political prisoner tormented during the Spanish Inquisition. In this new version, written and directed by Christopher York for Oxford-based site-specific specialists Creation Theatre Company, the inmate is a woman from Tehran (played by Iranian-British actress Afsaneh Dehrouyeh) who has been imprisoned for the act of removing her hijab in public. A fierce political prisoner wakes in her pitch black cell. She has been imprisoned for the act of removing her hijab…
By Terri Paddock | 14 November 2018 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 when you retell the story of The Great Gatsby from his lover Daisy Buchanan's perspective? That's the fascinating premise of Looking for Gatsby, the new musical by Linnie Reedman (book, direction) and Joe Evans (music &…
By Terri Paddock | 13 November 2018 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Yerma Q&A video and photos: What toll does the titanic title role take on an actress?

Federico Garcia Lorca spent three months in Cuba in 1930 - six years before he was assassinated (aged just 38) by Franco nationalists in his native Spain. He fell in love with the Caribbean island nation and it with him. And it's this association that inspired Jorge de Juan in his new adaptation of Lorca classic Yerma. He relocates the second play in Lorca's 'rural trilogy' - which, first staged in 1934, came after Blood Wedding (1932) and before his final play The House of Bernarda Alba (1936) - from the…
By Terri Paddock | 11 November 2018 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 16-strong cast, half of whom are veterans themselves. It's also attracting lots of attention from the UK's extended military community. At last night's Q&A, when I asked who in the audience had served or hailed…
By Terri Paddock | 30 October 2018 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >