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Have you checked out Terri Paddock’s new venture Stage Faves yet?

In London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Ok so I realise I’m a little to the party, but have you read about Terri Paddock’s new venture? Well, I suggest you do because if, like me, you are a musical theatre enthusiast then this is just the sort of site you need in your life! So be inspired, read on and check it out, all the links are incorporated here, so you can be enthused by this rather brilliant new musical theatre heaven.

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The Mates welcome criticism, especially of ourselves

In Features, London theatre, Native, News, Opinion, Regional theatre by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Terri Paddock today responded to Megan Vaughan’s recent article in The Stage on MyTheatreMates’s “damaging business practices” – and here she explains why, however fallacious, she welcomes Megan’s harsh criticism. This is a full version of Terri’s piece – as well as links to the two articles for The Stage.

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

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

On Monday, we announced on 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 – […]

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First-ever Award for Best Musical Direction goes to…

In Awards, London theatre, Musicals, Native, News by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Readers of Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye may have spotted that the Mates gave the brilliant Baz a sneak peek at one of our winners in our inaugural Also Recognised Awards. We’re so proud of introducing the UK’s first-ever Award for Best Musical Direction – along with our partners and passionate campaigners, musical director Mike Dixon and Andrew Keates – that we couldn’t keep it a secret any longer. So, without further …

The past, present and future of theatre criticism

In Features, Opinion by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

Mark has been taking part in a workshop as part of the Young Critics programme held at Winchester’s Theatre Royal. He gave the following speech to young critics on 4 April 2015.  

No one ever built a statue to a critic, it was once famously said, but in 2013 two critics received OBE’s in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Michael Billington and Philip French, theatre and film critics for The Guardian and The Observer,were honoured after writing reviews in their particular disciplines for a 100 years between them. And in New York, there are not one but two Broadway theatres named after critics, Brooks Atkinson (pictured left) and Walter Kerr. We don’t yet have a Ken Tynan or even a Jack Tinker Theatre here, let alone a Billington.

And 2013 marked another centenary: that of the Critics’ Circle itself. So critics have been around for a long time, and are still having a demonstrable influence in setting the cultural agendas of the areas they cover. But will they be around much longer?

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Curtain Up podcast on MyTheatreMates and The Father: When projects converge

In Audio, Awards, Interviews, London theatre, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

I had a curious but highly enjoyable afternoon this past Friday, when I dropped in on lovely chappies Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews, presenters of the weekly Curtain Up show on London radio station Resonance FM. Initially, I’d been invited in to talk about the launch of the My Theatre Mates website as well as the […]