Mates blogger: Terri Paddock


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Terri Paddock
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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The latest from Terri on MyTheatreMates

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My theatre diary: The Distance, Electra, Lord of the Flies, Urinetown, Next Fall

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Having escaped back to Mallorca for a week (god, I love that place, my little piece of heaven), there are at least two weeks of theatre I want to catch up with. My must-see list just keeps growing and growing and has, more accurately become, a might-see list … if I can find a mammoth […]

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Simon Callow reaches 21 with The Man Jesus. What next?

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

After catching Simon Callow’s latest barn-storming performance in The Man Jesus, which stopped off last night (6 October 2014) at the West End’s Lyric Theatre as part of a national tour, I had a lightbulb moment. Similar to what Colin Watkeys is doing with his annual Face to Face Festival of Solo Theatre, which opened […]

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How to make your professional stage debut, aged 53

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Take me out to the ballgame… There’s a lot of new talent on show in the Landor Theatre’s boisterous revival of 1955 Broadway baseball musical Damn Yankees, but I must declare a personal interest in the cast’s oldest newcomer: 53-year-old Gary Bland. I’ve known Gary and his wife Deborah for many years. They were regulars […]

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Have you voted yet in the West End Wilma Awards? Here’s why I have

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I voted in the inaugural West End Wilma Awards this morning – and experienced an intense feeling of déjà vu. My own awards past Fourteen years ago, I founded the WhatsOnStage Awards almost by accident. That year, when the Olivier Awards released its shortlists in January, I published them on the website and invited people […]

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Spoiler alert: My favourite Forbidden Broadway spoofs

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Forbidden Broadway was just what the doctor ordered for me the other night – I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. The renowned Broadway institution (going since 1982) has been slightly Anglicised and specially tailored for the West End in 2014 – Cameron Mackintosh, Elaine Paige, Robert Lindsay and revivals of Evita and Cats be warned (you’re […]

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My theatre diary: King Charles III, True West, Toast, Eye of a Needle and Breeders

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Knowing that my theatregoing – and overall mental and emotional bandwidth – would be going into tailspin this week, I packed in as many shows as I could over the past fortnight. Amongst them, the five notable plays below. As usual, I’ve listed them in closing date order. Don’t delay with the first two in […]

Video and photos: Spoiling debate ahead of Scottish referendum

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“Talk about handling a hot potato,” Gabriel Quigley said to me after I chaired a post-show Q&A with her and her co-star Richard Clements following last Thursday’s performance of Spoiling at Theatre Royal Stratford East. John McCann’s new play, a co-production between Stratford East and Scotland’s Traverse Theatre, is ferociously topical – taking as its […]

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All by myself: Solo theatre at the Face to Face Festival

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Four of the nine Festival Highlights shows I worked on in August were solo pieces. And over the years of visiting the Edinburgh Fringe, I estimate that at least 60% of all those shows I’ve seen there have been solos – and that’s not including any stand-up. Personally, I love a good solo piece. If […]

Photos and podcast: With the original Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley

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I’m excited to attend the gala opening tonight of Michael Flatley’s revamped Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games. I got a sneak peek recently when a few extracts were performed at a preview event at the London Palladium. In addition to the pounding Irish dancing – performed by a 40-strong company of world champions – […]

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Charles Spencer, Mark Shenton, Tim Walker and the “strange world of theatre critics”

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When the Daily Telegraph announced yesterday that Charles Spencer is retiring after 25 years as the newspaper’s theatre critic, there was an outpouring of appreciation for Charlie on Twitter: his long service, his astute opinions, his coins of phrase (Nicole Kidman = “pure theatrical Viagra”) and his public battles with his personal demons (alcoholism and […]

Photos and podcast: The Lion post-show Q&A with Benjamin Scheuer

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As I mentioned in my Theatre Diary today, I cannot recommend Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion highly enough. This is a beautiful one-man musical about a boy and his father and how that boy became a man and fell in love with playing music. Last night, after being blown away by the 70-minute performance, I had […]

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My theatre diary: Streetcar, My Night with Reg, Muswell Hill, The Lion and Dogfight

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Edinburgh aside, my August theatregoing has been sporadic, but here are a few shows I’ve seen recently that are worth catching if you can, especially now that the late summer sunshine seems to have abandoned us. As usual, I list them below in closing date order. If you follow me on Twitter (@TerriPaddock) – please […]

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Shakespeare and chocolate combine in Sweet Theatre bars

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Any chance of dieting this month went out the window with the arrival of this beautiful care package of Sweet Theatre’s Shakespeare’s Leading Ladies chocolate bars. Sweet Theatre is the brainchild of Sally Humphreys, a theatre producer and keen confectioner. For many years, Sally has been the cupcake maker of choice for West End openings […]

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

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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 […]

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Producer cries foul on ATG after free tickets request

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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 […]