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

My theatre diary: Plays to make you think – Widowers’ Houses, Visitors, Hope and Sirens

If your brain has started to turn to mush after too much turkey and mash, get yourself along to one of these four plays quick. I can personally recommend each for provoking serious thought, discussion and reflection on urgent issues including local government, austerity, dementia, discrimination, feminism, urban housing and corruption, to name a few. If that makes them sound the least bit dull or worthy, fear not. There’s weighty drama amongst the weighty subject matter too. As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order. Don’t wait until you…
By Terri Paddock | 29 December 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >


Podcast: How to find Hope when the streetlights are turned off

  It’s frightening how prescient Jack Thorne’s Hope is. Just this week, new research released by the Labour Party showed that streetlights are being switched off in three-quarters of England’s councils in order to save money. And there’s a likelihood that even more will be “plunged into darkness” after the Government’s most recent announcement of further cuts to councils’ spending power. The promise that no council will see no more than a 6.4% cut this time around offers little solace once you take into account that they’ve already borne an…
By Terri Paddock | 24 December 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >


How to make a clown and other Slava’s Snowshow questions answered

If you want a white Christmas in London, even after the 25th, you may consider stopping in to see Aled Jones and Tom Chambers in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. However, for a thicker snowfall, the action, until 5 January, is at the Southbank Centre, where Slava’s Snowshow has returned for a fourth consecutive Christmas season at the Royal Festival Hall. This season also marks the 20th anniversary of this multi award-winning show’s UK debut. Created by renowned Russian clown Slava Polunin, who continues to lead the international Academy of Fools…
By Terri Paddock | 23 December 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >


Eric and Little Ern Q&A photos + 13 things I now know about Morecambe & Wise

Less than 24 hours before my scheduled post-show Q&A at the St James Theatre, I had a temperature of over 103° F (39.4° C). My boyfriend tells me I was semi-delirious. He contacted the producers of Eric and Little Ern and warned them I may not be able to make it the next night. But, in the words of Morecambe and Wise, way-hey!, the post-show, like the show, must go on. I downed various Lemsippy concoctions, buried myself in duvets and sweated it out. The next morning, my bed was…
By Terri Paddock | 22 December 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >


Kidzone with Cats, Wind in the Willows and Potted Sherlock

What a fantastic time to be a kid in Theatreland! Never mind the plethora of pantomimes, and the superlative programming year-round at the Unicorn and Polka Theatres, this holiday season in London, littler ones can also take their pick from: two Treasure Islands (at the National, with Arthur Darvill, and at the Arts Theatre) Room on the Broom at the Lyric Horrible Histories at the Garrick Stick Man Live! at Leicester Square Theatre Slava’s Snowshow at the Royal Festival Hall The Railway Children at King’s Cross Station (pulling in from…
By Terri Paddock | 12 December 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >


#Goodreads this week: Free ticket etiquette, Janet Suzman, Clooney’s panto lessons

What's caught your eye this week? Here are a few pieces and issues that have caught mine and may be worth a longer look for you too. Free tickets, like free lunches, are paid for in good manners Wall Street Journal theatre commentator Joanne Kaufman admitted to "bolting" at the interval at the majority of Broadway productions she sees, including Matilda, Billy Elliot and Boeing-Boeing - for which she receives free press tickets. Apart from the fact that the woman clearly has no taste, I find this behaviour outrageous. Talk…
By Terri Paddock | 11 December 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >


Critics and bloggers should stop clashing and start making a new living

I am fascinated and slightly bemused by the ongoing battle raging around theatre criticism - i.e. the one in which serious print critics are "dying" in favour of bloggers and the Twittersphere - which had swords being drawn yet again this week by recently-removed Sunday Telegraph critic Tim Walker’s howl of despair in the Guardian. Telling off Tim Walker Myriads pundits, paid and otherwise – including the lovely Official Theatre editor and #LDNTheatreBloggers organiser Rebecca Felgate, freelance journalist (and one of my own former contributors) Catherine Love, arts graduate blogger Megan Kinsey…
By Terri Paddock | 3 December 2014 | , , | 3 comments | Read More >


My theatre diary: ‘Tis Pity, Made in Dagenham, East Is East and Neville’s Island

I’m playing catch-up. Here are four shows I caught before my turkey-filled escape to the States last week for Thanksgiving. All of which serve up entertaining evenings in the theatre. As usual, I’ve listed them in closing date order. Don’t delay with the first in particular, as it finishes its limited season in a week. For the others, you have a little more time if you want to plan a Christmas holiday treat – but book ahead to avoid last-minute disappointment. If you follow me on Twitter (@TerriPaddock) – please…
By Terri Paddock | 2 December 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >


#LoveTheatre Day: How was it for you? My top tweets

Yesterday was the inaugural #LoveTheatre day. Run in partnership with Twitter UK, Guardian Culture Professionals Network and Culture Themes, it was widely embraced by theatres and theatre lovers everywhere. We were trending worldwide! I'm on Twitter for quite a lot of every day, and it's always pretty dizzying. But I have to confess, even for me, yesterday was simply overwhelming. I had Tweetdeck streams running for the #LoveTheatre hashtag, as well as the #Backstage (10am-12pm), #AskATheatre (3-5pm) and #Showtime (#7-10pm) sub-hashtags and they were madly scrolling down my screen non-stop. Mid-afternoon, I…
By Terri Paddock | 20 November 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >


My theatre diary: Off-West End plays Accolade, Jonah and Otto and Grand Guignol

There are plenty of plays to choose from on London’s fringe and Off-West End. Here are some that I’ve seen recently and am happy to recommend. As usual, I’ve listed them in closing date order. Don’t delay with the first two in particular, both of which finish their limited seasons this week. If you follow me on Twitter (@TerriPaddock) – please do! – you’ll be able to see my #theatreselfie gallery and initial reactions from my every trip to the theatre. Scroll down to see the tweets for these shows…
By Terri Paddock | 19 November 2014 | , | 0 comments | Read More >