How many post-show Q&As conclude with a discussion of worst-nightmare torture methods? A dark but hilarious first for me with my event at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre for The Shatter Box, the latest bold new play from resident company Proforca Theatre.
In my first West End post-show Q&A for The Way Old Friends Do last month, director Mark Gatiss was asked for his thoughts on the actors who bring to life his husband Ian Hallard's new comedy about the world's first ABBA drag tribute band. At the follow-up session last night, we got to hear what the cast thinks of Mark!
The Way Old Friends Do post-show video and photos: Ian Hallard & Mark Gatiss on working together onstage & off
In the first of my post-show Q&As for the West End premiere of The Way Old Friends Do, with writer and star Ian Hallard and director Mark Gatiss, it felt like ABBA's Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid were with us in spirit.
Teens were involved at every stage of the development of coming-of-age comedy SHEWOLVES. That was our jumping-off point for a wider discussion about theatre for, with and about young people.
If you know next to nothing about the Cameroonian War of Independence, you are not alone. A quick poll of the audience at my post-show Q&A for Under the Kundè Tree proved that ignorance of the 1950s conflict is the norm - and intentional.
Joshua Hepple is a hugely accomplished person. But, as he joked with me via WhatsApp, he received no major attention until he revealed publicly that, with his severe cerebral palsy, he can't wank himself. And then Jon Bradfield wrote a play about it.
Following the news yesterday of Paul O'Grady's unexpected death, last night's performance of The Way Old Friends Do at London's Park Theatre was dedicated to the comedian and drag legend, whose voice opens the show.
If you think the life of a jobbing actor is hard and full of rejection - and it is - spare a thought for non-British actors trying to make their way in London theatre who may not even make it to audition stage purely because of their nationality or accent.
Negotiations seem to be in the news every day - which makes Winner's Curse, conceived by former diplomat and veteran of countless Middle East negotiations Daniel Taub, a highly topical piece. It's co-written by Dan Patterson and stars his long-time collaborator Clive Anderson.
A note in the programme for One Who Wants to Cross cites a sobering statistic: according to the 2020 IOM World Migration Report, the number of international migrants, as of June 2019, had reached almost 272 million.