Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

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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 >


Dust Q&A photos and podcast: Really talking – and listening – to Milly Thomas and Sara Joyce about suicide

Are we really talking about mental ill health? Or just talking about talking about it? Are we listening - actively listening - to those in need? What stops someone from committing suicide? How much do you know about Samaritans, the world's first-ever 24-hour helpline after 999? Milly Thomas wrote Dust after feeling frustrated at not seeing truthful representations of her own experience of depression and suicidal thoughts. Indeed, she considers the 'romanticisation' of suicide in culture to be downright dangerous and deeply irresponsible. She also performs the monologue, now transferred to…
By Terri Paddock | 7 September 2018 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Silk Road Q&A video and photos: How DO you buy drugs online? And write a play about it?

How do you buy drugs online? What was Silk Road? Could the libertarians on it actually be steering us towards a more humane drug policy? Or is a play about this dark-web marketplace glamourising drugs? What do you do with a bitcoin production donation? Who's actually read Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island? Not the usual questions or answers at last night's post-show Q&A that I chaired for Silk Road at Trafalgar Studios 2, with writer Alex Oates, director Dominic Shaw and star Josh Barrow. An American audience member said he'd turned his phone…
By Terri Paddock | 14 August 2018 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


The One Q&A podcast and photos: Why do we need more intimacy directors in theatre?

What is an intimacy director? How do they change the power dynamic on a production? Why have we had to wait for the #MeToo backlash to get them? Vicky Jones' debut play The One, about a toxic and violent modern relationship, won the Verity Bargate Award in 2013 and received its world premiere at Soho Theatre in 2014. To revive it just four years later may seem rather fast, but the timing is far from accidental. Jones and artistic director Steve Marmion, who also helms the production, decided to programme…
By Terri Paddock | 30 July 2018 | , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Knights of the Rose Q&A video and photos: Defining the new ‘rockspeare’ genre and celebrating understudies (sort of)

On Wednesday afternoon, Jennifer Caldwell was working in the box office at the Arts Theatre, where new musical Knights of the Rose is currently playing. That night, with less than three hours' rehearsal and having never even seen the show all the way through, she was onstage playing one of the female leads. As show-must-go-on stories go, this one takes some beating - no wonder it lit up West End social media this week. At last night's post-show Q&A, Caldwell, who performed again for Thursday's two-show day, shared more details…
By Terri Paddock | 27 July 2018 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A video and photos: Little Voice makes a big impact at the Barn

Are women punished in drama for liking sex and drink? What has modern classic The Rise and Fall of Little Voice got in common with Greek drama? What's the secret to vocal impressions? I was delighted to return to Cirencester this weekend to chair my third consecutive post-show discussion at the pioneering Barn Theatre. For this revival of Jim Cartwright's Olivier Award-winning 1992 play with music, I was joined by director Michael Strassen and the full cast including Sarah Louise Hughes, who he cast straight out of Italia Conti to play…
By Terri Paddock | 23 July 2018 | , , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


It Happened in Key West Q&A video and photos: But did it ACTUALLY happen? (Yes)

Andrew Lloyd Webber came up twice in conversation at last night's post-show for It Happened in Key West. The second pertained to the title of the show which, many years ago, when Jeremiah James was first inspired by a late-night television documentary about Carl von Cosel. James had originally wanted to call this musical Love Never Dies... unfortunately, the Lord nabbed that name in 2010 with his sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. (For the first Lloyd Webber reference - from an audience member - you'll have to watch the livestream video...)…
By Terri Paddock | 12 July 2018 | , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Q&A video and photos: Why are we still so fascinated by these Sirens of the Silver Screen?

If you had to choose just three Hollywood legends to build a theatre show around, who would you choose? For Sirens of the Silver Screen, Beth Burrows selected Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. At last night's post-show discussion at the Tabard Theatre, she explained why she did, how much fun she had researching each and to which she feels most connected. A new adventure into old Hollywood in song and story... Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe – this sisterhood of stunning starlets lit up the silver screen for decades and kept…
By Terri Paddock | 6 July 2018 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


Pressure Q&A video and photos: How did David Haig come to write and star in a play about unsung Scottish hero and weatherman James Stagg?

If you'd never heard of the James Stagg before David Haig's latest play Pressure, don't feel bad: neither had he. Haig was approached by director John Dove and Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre who wanted to create a play about an unsung Scottish hero. They drew up a list of possible candidates and Stagg caught Haig's eye. Thus began a massive research project into Stagg, meteorology and the impact of his weather forecasting on the D-Day invasion - as well as into the other real-life characters portrayed. In summer 1944, southern England was…
By Terri Paddock | 3 July 2018 | , , , , , , , , | 0 comments | Read More >