After post-show Q&As for Tonight with Donnie Darko, Vincent River, Angry and Tender Napalm, I’m delighted to be invited to chair another discussion with Philip Ridley, one of the UK’s greatest and most innovative living playwrights. This time for the live stage premiere of his online lockdown hit The Poltergeist.
What might entice you to sell your soul to the devil? Fame? Riches? Immortality? World peace? A rent-free London flat? Four pints of Guinness? At my post-show Q&A for a production of Doctor Faustus, that was an irresistible question to pose to the company. But before that, we covered much else to do concerning adaptation and the creative process, with a lot of fun and laughter.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced just before my arrival at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre. Like the rest of the country, the theatre staff had been braced for the sad news. So the world premiere of Proforca’s Flashbang was preceded by a public address and collective silence.
After fascinating discussions around Feel, At Last and Lately, I’m back with Proforca Theatre to discuss Flashbang, the company’s fifth new play by James Lewis, as well as exciting new work by associate artists also programmed during the autumn season at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre.
Following the 8pm performance of Doctor Faustus at Southwark Playhouse on Wednesday 14 September 2022, My Theatre Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to director Ricky Dukes, leading man Jamie O’Neill, and other Lazarus cast and creatives. Any questions? Join us!
What is theatre’s role in exploring political and historical subjects? What echoes are there with contemporary events in Europe? Could The End of the Night be staged in Germany today – or in Russia? For this post-show discussion, Terri Paddock explores these issues with playwright Ben Brown and the award-winning journalist, author and academic Professor Kurt Barling.
What role does theatre play in exploring historical and political themes? Mates founder Terri Paddock will explore that very question with an expert panel following a performance at the Park Theatre of The End of the Night, the new World War II-set drama based on a true story.
Meeting the right person and starting a new relationship is hard enough, but when you also have to do it in rhyming couplets while searching for the meaning of your life… in Woking – well, it’s that much more challenging.
As part of her resumed post-show talk series, Mates founder Terri Paddock will chair a discussion for the world premiere of Jo & Sam Find Themselves in Woking at London’s Hen & Chickens Theatre on Friday 8 April 2022.
Wildcard Theatre promises “Shakespeare like you have never experienced it before”, and they deliver in spades with this new gig-style reinvention of The Tempest in the perfect setting of the Pleasance’s cabaret-configured main house.
The spark of an idea for award-winning new two-hander Bacon, now in its extended world premiere season at London’s Finborough Theatre, came when playwright Sophie Swithinbank, then working as a nanny, witnessed a bullying incident between two boys in a park.
As part of her resumed post-show talk series, Mates founder Terri Paddock will chair a discussion for the premiere production of Sophie Swithinbank’s award-winning new play Bacon at London’s Finborough Theatre this Wednesday 23 March 2022. Time to get booking!
As part of her resumed post-show talk series, Mates founder Terri Paddock will chair a discussion at Wildcard Theatre’s radical reimagining of Shakespeare classic The Tempest at the Pleasance Theatre on Tuesday 22 March 2022.
Rosie Day’s wonderful rollercoaster ride of a debut play Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon, which she also performs, ends with the by-then 16-year-old protagonist writing a letter of advice to her younger self (and younger stepsister).
As part of her resumed post-show talk series, Mates founder Terri Paddock will chair a discussion at Instruction for a Teenage Armageddon at London’s Southwark Playhouse on Tuesday 15 February 2022. Time to get booking!
Mark St Germain’s play Freud’s Last Session, first seen Off-Broadway in 2010 and now receiving its European premiere at London’s King’s Head Theatre, pits two of the 20th-century greatest thinkers against one another.
As part of her resumed post-show talk series, Mates founder Terri Paddock will chair a discussion at Freud’s Last Session at London’s King’s Head Theatre on Tuesday 25 January 2022. Time to get booking!
I love Christmas. But for the past several years, I have struggled to summon the Christmas cheer that used to kick in for me the day after Thanksgiving (or, after so many years in the UK, by 1 December at the latest).
The Shark Is Broken is the brainchild of Ian Shaw who co-wrote it and stars as his own late father Robert Shaw. It is uncanny just how much Ian looks and sounds like his father.
The premise for the new show is sillier than ever: set (loosely) at Crappersea Dog Pound, the pooches are putting their best paw forward in preparation for the Annual Rehoming Show. Which of them will find a human to accept them into their home?