Terri’s #TimesUp vlog: Women rule in Mary Stuart & new musical Oranges & Elephants

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It’s natural that your reactions to shows are filtered through the prism of the current social and political climate. And savvy theatres, of course, seek to judge the mood and programme accordingly.

In the case of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, #TimesUp, the BBC pay gap furore and all related issues around sexual misconduct and gender inequality, I imagine we’ll see many more responses in the year to come. I don’t think the powers-that-be behind these five shows could have predicted when they were planning just how much they would tap into this fast-moving zeitgeist.

Or maybe it’s just me. Anyway, here are my thoughts (filmed on 27 January 2018) on new all-female musical Oranges and Elephants, headlining Hoxton Hall’s Female Parts season and the Almeida’s West End transfer of Mary Stuart, as well as three other female-led productions: the first London revival in 15 years of Abi Morgan’s Tiny Dynamite; Out of Joint’s headline-grabbing (for all the wrong reasons) 35th anniversary revival of Andrea Dunbar’s Rita, Sue and Bob Too; and Anoushka Warden’s playwriting debut My Mum’s a Twat.

And here’s a little bonus video on Oranges and Elephants, in which I patently fail to offer you a singsong sample (but at least you’ll get a taste of the cheeky lyrics)…

Oranges and Elephants runs at Hoxton Hall until 10 February 2018.
Mary Stuart runs at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre until 31 March 2018.

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, 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 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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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, 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 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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