Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

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Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem Q&A video and photos: How to turn traumatic family history into life-affirming drama

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week next week, Rachel Tookey's award-winning new play Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem receives its full-length premiere this week at the Old Red Lion Theatre. I got to speak to Rachel and her producer-sister Hannah about how their own family inspired this story exploring how trauma and mental illness can be passed from one generation to the next. Did you know? You're four to six times more likely to take your own life if someone in your family has. In fact, genetic influence accounts for 30-50% of…
By Terri Paddock | 8 May 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


The Reality Q&A video and photos: What’s the state of new Spanish playwriting?

The Cervantes Theatre's headlines its third New Spanish Playwriting season with the full UK and English-language premiere of Denise Despeyroux's one-woman show The Reality, which had a dramatised reading at the theatre last year. Can you love the living like you like the dead? Is darkness hindered by light? In this haunting new play, written by Denise Despeyroux and translated by Sarah Maitland, twin sisters Luz and Andromeda, both played by Maite Jáuregui, are separated by continents and life philosophies but they connect via Skype to play a dangerous game of ‘reality’ and, perhaps, to say…
By Terri Paddock | 6 May 2019 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Heroes Q&A video and photos: Raise your hand if you think David Bowie fandom transcends generations

Are you a David Bowie fan? What first turned you on? Was it seeing his Top of the Pops debut as Ziggy Stardust? Was it your parents taking you to your first Bowie concert when you were still a baby? Was it memorising the album liner notes in your bedroom? Bebe Barry inherited her love of David Bowie from her father Tony, and it was Tony's memories of how seeing Bowie on Top of the Pops and his own teen efforts to see Bowie concert that inspired them to co-write Heroes,…
By Terri Paddock | 1 May 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Panel on the RSC’s gender-flipped Taming of the Shrew: Kate & Petruchio in the age of #MeToo

I had a fabulous time last week in Stratford-upon-Avon seeing Justin Audibert’s new re-gendered production of Shakespeare’s early “battle of the sexes” comedy The Taming of the Shrew (1591), set in a parallel Elizabethan universe where women are in charge. Afterwards, I had the privilege of chairing a discussion about the play as part of the “Society and the Individual” series alongside the summer season, which also comprises Measure for Measure and As You Like It, performed by a cross-cast, gender-equal ensemble. The event was entitled “The Taming of the Shrew: Kate &…
By Terri Paddock | 29 April 2019 | , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A video and photos: How is Donald Trump responsible for Other People’s Money?

I've spent quite a lot of my Easter weekend thinking about Donald Trump. As a thankful respite from trying to read the 448 pages of the Mueller Report, it was for positive reasons on Good Friday night at Southwark Playhouse. 'They can pass all the laws they want. All they do is change the rules - they can't stop the game.' Given the title and the subject of corporate greed surrounding a hostile takeover, I had a sneaking suspicion that Trump may have inspired Katharine Farmer's 30th-anniversary revival of Jerry Sterner's award-winning…
By Terri Paddock | 22 April 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Intra Muros Q&A video and photos: What is the point of theatre? How do actors marry up their dual lives?

What does theatre mean to you? How do actors marry up the dual emotional demands of their chosen profession? How many 'characters' or versions of ourselves to the rest of us play in our own lives? Those are some of the questions which are raised in Alexis Michalik's fascinating play Intra Muros and which we also tackled in the post-show discussion I chaired for it at the Park Theatre on Friday night. In the play, first seen in Michalik's native France in 2017, ageing thespian Richard is preparing to direct…
By Terri Paddock | 14 April 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A video and photos: Overturning the ‘white saviour’ narrative with the Cry Havoc company

How lucky am I? Last night I got to spend a second night in a row with lovely Olivier Awards nominee Marc Antolin. After sitting behind him at the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday night, when he was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for Little Shop of Horrors at the Open Air Theatre, last night I got to sit beside him onstage at London's Park, where he's currently starring in the European premiere of Tom Coash's Cry Havoc. This three-hander, inspired by an incident during the American…
By Terri Paddock | 9 April 2019 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Going to the Oliviers? Gotta have a selfie competition, of course

I was thrilled to attend last night's Olivier Awards with the Songs for Nobodies team - and also with my old friend Richard Gresham in tow. Richard and I decided to run a competition. Who could get the most selfies with lovely theatre friends - industry professionals of all types including producers, publicists, journalists, marketing bods and even a few performers - at this unrivalled Theatreland event? Safe to say I won! I must get on with some actual work today - will try to come back later this week to properly…
By Terri Paddock | 8 April 2019 | , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Tony’s Last Tape Q&A video and photos: What would Tony Benn have thought of Brexit, Corbyn & this play about him?

This past Wednesday (3 April 2019) would have been Tony Benn's 94th birthday. Great celebratory timing for the return of Tony's Last Tape, the one-man play celebrating the Labour firebrand, who died in 2014. And last night, I was delighted to return to the play myself and to chair a warm and celebratory post-show discussion. Many in the audience at Clapham's Omnibus Theatre knew and were influenced by Tony Benn and were happy to share memories and thoughts on what he would think about the play as well as today's political situation, including…
By Terri Paddock | 6 April 2019 | , , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Half Me, Half You Q&A video and photos: It’s not easy to talk about racism & hate crime, but it’s necessary

Did seeing fascist Tommy Robinson denouncing Muslims and immigrants on a big screen in Whitehall terrify you? What are the long-term consequences of today's political rhetoric in Trump's America and Brexit Britain? How much does it fuel hate crimes against minority groups? How worried should we be? What can we do about it?   Debut playwright Liane Grant was inspired to write Half Me, Half You, set in Trump's America today and then 16 years in the future, after watching the president praise "very fine people" taking part in white supremacist demonstrations…
By Terri Paddock | 2 April 2019 | , , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >