One of the few things I enjoy even more than theatre is talking politics. Chairing a post-show discussion about a brilliant new political play, written and directed by a Westminster insider, is my idea of bliss.
A Single Man post-show Q&A at London's Park Theatre. © Anthony Kelly Cinemagoers
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.
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.
How do you cope in a world gone mad? That seems to me to be the central question in two of Romanian-French playwright Eugene Ionesco's one-act plays, The Lesson and The Chairs, written in the aftermath of the Second World War
The End of the Night post-show video and photos: How should theatre tackle difficult historical subjects?
Set in the final days of World War II, new play The End of the Night centres around the true but little-known secret meeting between Norbert Masur, a Swedish Jew and volunteer member of the World Jewish Congress, and Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, the mass-murdering architect of Hitler's final solution.
Jo & Sam Find Themselves in Woking post-show video and photos: Searching for millennial meaning in relationships
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.
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.
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.
Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon post-show video and photos: What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
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).