Terri Paddock's post-show talk for new British musical The Jury at London's Upstairs at the Gatehouse

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Are you aware of your inherent biases about gender? How much do they affect your judgments about what women or men are capable of? What about when it comes to a violent crime?

In new British musical The Jury, 12 strangers must deliberate on a high-profile murder case. A man is charged with murdering his wife. He admits to the crime but claims it was self-defence. Could this be true? Is the woman always the victim? And what happens to the dead woman’s daughter if her father goes to prison?

There’s far more to consider than headlines suggest and, as the audience, we’re asked to check our biases and make our own judgments too – an official-looking Jury Summons and Case File is provided with your ticket – in order to reach impartial justice.

Though, in fact, The Jury is less about the case specifics and more about the process of decision-making, the dynamics of the group and the revelations about each of the individuals in it. Where do their moral compasses point? (And by extension, where do ours?)

“What has become of the world?
What has become of us all?
What happens when all this is over?”

To discuss the musical’s development, morality and more, I was joined onstage after the opening night performance by composer Ashley M A Walsh, who also conceived the piece, book writer Amy Fletcher, director Joseph Meighan and actors Laura Coard and Kaidyn Hinds.

There was great input too from other members of the cast – Ashley Ball, Bethany Grace, Charlie Culkin, David Gibbons, Elizabeth Brooks, Huon Mackley, Janice Fryett, Katherine Victoria, Laura Meaton and Tom Blackmore – and the audience, including a representative from one of the production’s partnered charities, Rainbow Trust, supporting families with seriously ill children.

The Jury finishes its limited season at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate, north London, on Sunday 16 February 2020.

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, 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 is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and 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 the Terri Paddock Group, 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 is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and 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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