Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

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Anomaly Q&A video and photos: Would you defend your father if he was guilty of sexual abuse?

There's a staggering amount of up-and-coming talent on display with the world premiere of "post-Weinstein, post-Spacey drama" Anomaly, now running at London's Old Red Lion Theatre. In the young Wild Child Productions company, there are no fewer than three debuts: for playwright Liv Warden for two of the three-hander's actors, Alice Handoll and Katherine Samuelson. Even the "old hands", co-star Natasha Cowley and director and producer Adam Small, both only left drama school in 2016. But none of them has shied away from tackling the incredible contentious issues Anomaly raises - or, indeed,…
By Terri Paddock | 14 January 2019 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Songs for Nobodies Q&A video and photos: How did Caroline O’Connor motivate Bernadette Robinson?

How does it feel to have a one-woman show written especially for you by one of your country's leading writers? Pretty damn good, according to Songs for Nobodies' Bernadette Robinson - though, to be clear, there was nothing passive about this privilege in her case. In the post-show Q&A I chaired with Robinson at the West End's Ambassadors Theatre this weekend, the Australian star revealed how it was she who approached both author Joanna Murray-Smith and director Simon Phillips, then artistic director of Melbourne Theatre Company, after hearing about their work on Bombshells, a series of monologues…
By Terri Paddock | 14 January 2019 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Chasing Bono Q&A video and photos: Turning failure into success and finding god (the solo)

My final post-show Q&A of the year, to the stage premiere of Chasing Bono, was an absolute Irish corker! After a revealing discussion about the fine line between success and failure and the perils of fame, it ended with an impromptu song performance. Could someone in stage management get us a guitar at Soho Theatre? They could and did! This new stage comedy, written by Richard Clement and Ian La Frenais, is based on the book I Was Bono's Doppelganger, Telegraph Entertainment music critic Neil McCormick's memoir about his own failed rock star ambition…
By Terri Paddock | 17 December 2018 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 >