Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

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The Ministry of Biscuits Q&A video and photos: Sharing biscuits and a love of G&S with Philip Reeve and co

Charming, delectable, delicious. And those are just the custard creams... It's not often I get offered biscuits at the post-show Q&As I chair, but at a show called The Ministry of Biscuits, it would have seemed remiss not to. Since its 1998 premiere, this delightful musical has been scaled down to a bijou four-hander performed by The Foundry Group's Brian Mitchell (who also wrote the music and co-wrote book and lyrics with Philip Reeve), David Mounfield, Murray Simon and Amy Sutton. After extensive touring, it's now transferred to Barons Court Theatre…
By Terri Paddock | 1 February 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


The Showstoppers Q&A video and photos: ‘Just give us something with heart’ say the musical improv masters

I've been following the insanely talented improv geniuses of The Showstoppers for most of their eleven years. How do they do it? I still can't really fathom it, but I was pleased to gain a few more insights - and a new well of admiration - after chairing a post-show Q&A with them this week. After 11 years of touring nationally and internationally, becoming an Edinburgh Fringe institution, conquering the West End and winning an Olivier Award (the first improv show to ever have been nominated let alone to win),…
By Terri Paddock | 1 February 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


‘I walk around naked a lot more’: Video and photos from all-female Nuns Q&A

I started this past weekend in a room full of wonderful, talented and inspiring women (and some great male allies) at London's Tristan Bates Theatre chairing a BOSSY all-female panel after a performance of Robert Luxford's Nuns. Thanks to the Dutch Dame Productions' co-founders Cecile Sinclair and Natalya Wolter-Ferguson, She's Diverse co-producer Valerie Isaiah-Sadoh and their company for Nuns - including co-stars Gillian Broderick and Rebecca Joy Wilson, director Charlotte Everest and designer Tara Usher - as well as our two guest panellists, inspiring theatremakers Lexi Clare and Natalie Harper. Nuns is the…
By Terri Paddock | 21 January 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Outlying Islands Q&A video and photos: The creative collaboration at the heart of Atticist’s success

In the second of my back-to-back post-show Q&As at the King's Head Theatre this past week, I was at the Off West End powerhouse's original home in Islington for Atticist's first London revival of David Greig's 2002 play Outlying Islands. Outlying Islands is only the third production from Atticist, but the company has already earned a fearsome reputation for top quality drama. They launched at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe with new play Life According to Saki, which won the Carol Tambor Award for the best of the festival and nabbed a New York…
By Terri Paddock | 21 January 2019 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Coming Clean Q&A video and photos: Why has it taken 37 years for Kevin Elyot’s play to get its West End premiere?

In the first of my two back-to-back King's Head Theatre post-show Q&As, I was at Trafalgar Studios for the West End premiere of Kevin Elyot's first play, Coming Clean, 37 years after the actor-turned-writer made his playwriting debut with it at London's Bush Theatre. Artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher's acclaimed revival was first seen at the King's Head's Islington home, scheduled to mark both the 35th anniversary of the play itself as well as the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Elyot's play was written and…
By Terri Paddock | 21 January 2019 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


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 >