Terri’s Blogs: Theatrical

My theatre blogs are usually in response to something in the news or to something I’ve seen or read. For my “Terri’s Top Picks” click on the Recommendations tag. Other regular tags that I use including Inspiring People and Inspiring Projects. For the very latest news, gossip and all-round theatre buzz, check out my Tweets page or follow me on Twitter @TerriPaddock.

Personal |  Theatrical

A day in the life of Edinburgh’s busiest TSM (do you know what a TSM is?!)

As part of my recent Festival Highlights Challenge, I had the pleasure of meeting – and, for 24 hours, effectively stalking – Sarah Quinney at the Edinburgh Fringe. Sarah is a Technical Stage Manager for Festival Highlights, one of the Fringe’s most prolific and consistent theatre producers. Every day from 30 July to 25 August this summer, she’s accomplishing the remarkable feat of running four shows in four different venues. If you thought your day – at the festival or anywhere – was hectic, have a gander at Sarah’s daily…
By Terri Paddock | 11 August 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

The Therese Raquin company with Terri Paddock and Francois the Cat, © Peter Jones

Photos and podcast: Therese Raquin post-show Q&A

What a turnout! After a Twitter RT frenzy with the cast of Therese Raquin yesterday, every single one of them joined me for a post-show Q&A after their sensational performance last night at the Park Theatre – including, as promised, feline star, Francois the Cat! We were also joined by Nona Sheppard, who adapted Emile Zola’s original 1867 novel, wrote the book and lyrics and directed this premiere production, as well as musical director James Simpson. Composer Craig Adams, the man behind the richly complex score who worked with Nona…
By Terri Paddock | 8 August 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

Producer cries foul on ATG after free tickets request

What chutzpah! Producer David Johnson's reaction to a request from ATG, the UK's largest theatre owning group, for complimentary tickets to his production of Fascinating Aida's Charm Offensive at this year's Edinburgh Fringe is extraordinary. It shows the frustration of independent producers feeling the squeeze. I reprint Johnson's letter to ATG's Peter Evans in full... And will happily reprint ATG's response, if there is one and anyone wants to send it to me!     Dear Peter, I’ve just been asked whether, in your capacity as ‘AMBASSADORS THEATRE GROUP - HEAD OF…
By Terri Paddock | 8 August 2014 | , | 2 comments | Read More >

Dinosaurs run loose at Pleasance Courtyard, Copyright Callum Tyler

Edinburgh Fringe – and the Pleasance press launch – in pictures

I had photographer company in the form of other half Peter Jones for part of my Festival Highlights visit to this year's Edinburgh Fringe. If a photo is worth a thousand words, you've got a might heavy tome to enjoy with the two picture galleries below. Out and about in Edinburgh at Fringe time Scenes from the 2014 Pleasance press launch on Saturday 2 August 2014
By Terri Paddock | 4 August 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

My 2014 Edinburgh Fringe firsts

This year, I’m returning from Edinburgh just at the time I would normally be heading up… And that’s not the only difference in my festival going. 2014 has been a year of many Fringe firsts for me: 1. The first time I’ve reported on the Fringe from the shows’ rather than the media perspective. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve attended the Fringe with my old WhatsOnStage hat on, or how many shows I reviewed and/or otherwise judged (for various awards) while wearing that hat. Since leaving WhatsOnStage…
By Terri Paddock | 4 August 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

Embarking on my Edinburgh Festival Highlights adventure

In London, five shows a week is a serious haul. In Edinburgh, that’s small fry. When I was reviewing in Edinburgh, I could easily do twice that in a day. This year, this week, I’m experiencing the festival from a different perspective. I’ve been working with producer James Seabright and Festival Highlights, guest-editing content on their website www.festivalhighlights.com, for the nine shows they’re presenting at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to attend workshops, rehearsals and interviews with the creators and performers of…
By Terri Paddock | 30 July 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

My theatre diary: From tears to laughter with The Crucible, The Events, Invincible and Shakespeare in Love

I’m really doing well for play choices in July. Don’t let the warm weather put you off catching these compelling productions, which scale great heights and depths of emotion. (Apart from the entertainment, most of these theatres were lovely and cool on the hot summer evenings I attended. So you’ll get a respite from the heat as well.) I recommend all four of these productions and list them below in closing date order. Don’t delay with the first two in particular, both of which finish their limited seasons in the…
By Terri Paddock | 29 July 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

Mobile switch-off: My role in the Theatre Charter movement

Have you lost count how many times a mobile has gone off when you’re at the theatre? I have. And I marvel at the timing. Doesn’t it always seem to be at a quiet, crucial moment of performance? In truth, what’s started to annoy me even more than mobiles ringing – it is possible accidentally to forget to turn it off or have it somehow turn itself on of its own accord (this happened to me, I swear) – is the glow of the smartphone screen as people obsessively Tweet…
By Terri Paddock | 28 July 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

Why is Jamie Lloyd and Martin Freeman’s Richard III set in a 1970s open-plan office?

When the production shots for Richard III were first released earlier this week, showing that director Jamie Lloyd had located the Bard’s bloody history play in a 1970s office block, my interest was piqued. After seeing the show at Tuesday’s opening night, my first reaction was to describe the resulting effect as “Get Carter meets The Office”, accentuated by the casting of Tim from The Office, aka actor Martin Freeman, in the title role – or rather Tim’s evil twin with a bad hangover and a hunchback. Richard III It…
By Terri Paddock | 11 July 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >

Terri Paddock and writer/director Chris Larner

Photos and podcast: The Frida Kahlo of Penge West post-show Q&A

I had a great time last night (3 July 2014) hosting the post-show Q&A at the hilarious new "two-woman comedy about putting on a one-woman show", The Frida Kahlo of Penge West. I was joined by writer/director Chris Larner and the show's two stars, Cecily Nash and Laura Kirman. Amongst the topics discussed were: comedy quick-changes, funny-sounding place names ("Penge sounds like minge crossed with pension"), Frida Kahlo vs Sylvia Plath, that day's four-star review in Time Out (much back-slapping), the lack of good parts for women in theatre, the…
By Terri Paddock | 4 July 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >