Anomaly Q&A video: How would you react if your family got caught up in a #MeToo scandal?

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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, discussing them at length with me and the audience at a spirited post-matinee Q&A.

In Anomaly, Handoll, Samuelson and Cowley play the three adult daughters of Philip Preston, a British film executive who, in Weinstein-like fashion, gets outed as a serial abuser. We never see the father onstage, but we witness at close hand the impact he has had on his daughters’ lives as they face the media after the allegations and fight to save the family dynasty.

Ideas of sisterhood, loyalty, consent and, perhaps, sociopathy are explored in the play, and we also discussed them at length. Watch the full Q&A below. For more videos, photos and tweets from this event, visit TerriPaddock.com.

Anomaly runs from 8 January to 2 February 2019 at the Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £17 (concessions £15). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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