It was a shared love of 1930s screwball comedies that brought Shaun McKenna and Andrew Van Sickle together. And a realisation that so many of the dramatists of the time were secretly gay that sparked the idea to collaborate.
I started my post-show talk for Kali Theatre's premiere of Phantasmagoria by asking the audience about their thoughts on politics today, including: are you feeling largely optimistic or pessimistic about the future?
My admiration for Emma Burnell knows no bounds. I followed her as a political journalist for years before becoming friends through MyTheatreMates. I've been amazed to watch her turn her hand to playwriting, producing, directing and now performing.
In Lazarus Theatre's new reimagining of Jacobean drama The Changeling, adapter/director Ricky Dukes has taken his usual scalpel to the original text. In this case, losing the entire subplot set in an asylum.
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!