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‘One of the most absorbing & significant plays every written’: HAPPY DAYS – Riverside Studios

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Tom BoltonLeave a Comment

Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days is, as Lisa Dwan observes, often described as ‘the female Hamlet’. Dwan has played every other female Beckett lead but even she was intimidated by a role previously inhabited by Peggy Ashcroft, Brenda Bruce, Fiona Shaw and Juliet Stevenson, among others. It is understandable. Happy Days, first performed in 1961, is a mighty play, and 60 years later still unlike anything you’ve seen.

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Casting Women of a Certain Age in As Good a Time as Any and Product

In Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Video by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Since producing and hosting a post-show debate last month on “Women in the Arts” at Trafalgar Studios, I’ve been thinking a lot about gender inequality in theatre, and particularly in casting. And two recent plays I’ve seen have brought the subject of into even sharper focus for me – both highlighting the problem and providing […]

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Popular vs personal: How did my own choices fare against the #AlsoRecognised winners?

In Awards, Inspiring people, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

On Monday, we announced on MyTheatreMates.com the winners of our inaugural #AlsoRecognised Awards. The first year of these Awards has caught the imagination of the industry, the audience voters and the nominees and winners more than I had hoped to imagine. Your winners are lovely, truly lovely and appreciative. Just look how they’ve embraced – […]