View Post

13 thoughts On Freedom: Belarus Free Theatre marks ten years by Staging a Revolution

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

Belarus Free Theatre (BFT), the underground theatre group routinely censored and persecuted in its state-controlled homeland, is celebrating its tenth birthday this month. Founded by human rights activist husband-and-wife Nikolai Khalezin and Natalie Koliada, joined by director Vladimir Shcherban, BFT’s inaugural production in May 2005 was Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, which tackles Belarusian taboo subjects […]

View Post

Benn, Bevan, Michael Sheen and the NHS: Who Cares?

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

My newfound Tony Benn obsession has also got me thinking anew about the “most dangerous” Labour man in Parliament before him: the Welsh politician and founder of the National Health Service, Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960). And thinking of Bevan reminded me that I still hadn’t got round to blogging about actor Michael Sheen’s brilliant speech at […]

View Post

Suits you, Larry: Olivier lauded actors dress up and talk shop

In Awards, Features, London theatre, Opinion, Photos, Quotes by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

As a way of raising the glamour stakes ahead of this Sunday’s Laurence Olivier Awards, last Saturday’s Times Magazine‘s cover story was a five-star effort. For the piece, three out of four of this year’s Best Actor nominees – James McAvoy, Mark Strong (for The Ruling Class and A View From the Bridge, both of […]

View Post

Michael Sheen’s speech on the NHS: 1 March 2015

In Opinion by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

On St David’s Day, Sunday 1 March 2015, Welsh actor Michael Sheen gave the performance of his life. Not at the National Theatre or any of the world stages (and screens) that he has graced, but in the pouring down rain at a political rally in the small town of Tredegar in Wales, birthplace of […]