List the last 10 things you saw at the theatre in order:
1. Julius Caesar (King's Cross Theatre)
3. Dead Funny (Vaudeville)
4. The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead)
5. Broken Biscuits (Tobacco Factory)
6. One Night in Miami (Donmar)
7. The Last 5 Years (St James)
10. Bedroom Farce (Beacon Centre)
7. The Last 5 Years (St James)
8. Oil (Almeida)
9. No Man's Land (Wyndham's)
Future Dame Jade Anouka.
Why did you go to see number two (RENT)?
I was a teenage RENThead. Like Blood Brothers before it, RENT is simply too deeply entrenched in my soul for me to not see it. Especially if it's going to so kindly come to my local theatre!
Can you remember a line/lyric from number three (Dead Funny) that you liked?
For most of the play, I simply couldn't work out why anyone would want to revive such a dated piece of work in the hellscape that is 2016. Then we got to the line "All of a sudden everyone's dying. And you never expect it", at which point I realised it was the single most relevant piece of theatre of the whole year.
What would you give number four (The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures) out of ten?
8 I guess. I enjoyed the writing and it was brilliantly performed, but NOTHING NEEDS TO BE THREE AND A HALF HOURS LONG NO MATTER HOW CLEVER THE PLAYWRIGHT IS FEELING WHILE HE IS WRITING IT.
Was there someone hot in number five (Broken Biscuits)?
EVEN TINIER BABIES THAN THE LAST TIME YOU ASKED ME THIS QUESTION.
What was number six (One Night in Miami) about?
A period of time shorter than two nights but greater than none in a southeast Floridian city (it was way better than I'm making it sound).
Who was your favourite actor in number seven (The Last 5 Years)?
As a general rule I don't like picking one favourite when the cast is so small, but when one performer does incredibly peculiar things to vowels and the other one looks incredibly stunning in various dresses in addition to giving a fantastic performance, I don't mind going against my usual MO and picking Samantha Barks.
What was your favourite bit in number eight (Oil)?
Hmmm. Probably the first segment of the second half. Lots of good words in that bit.
Would you see number nine (No Man's Land) again?
Nope. I'm pretty much done with Pinter for real this time. Though this is by no means guaranteed, as I did have a bit of a flashback part way through and realised I have actually seen a different production of No Man's Land before, so I don't really have a leg to stand on here.
What was the worst thing about number ten (Bedroom Farce)?
I was pretty glum about giving over a perfectly good evening to an Alan Ayckbourn play, but actually it turned out there were SO MANY FRIENDS in the audience that the worst thing was having to sit down and watch the play rather than just geeking out over theatre with them all in the bar.
Which was best?
I loved Julius Caesar significantly more this time around.
Which was worst?
I AM DONE WITH PINTER.
Did any make you cry?
I sobbed a bit at Julius Caesar and RENT.
Did any make you laugh?
I'm sure they'd all have had their moments, but none particularly noticably.
Which roles would you like to play in any of them?
I will pass on all of these thank you, though if you are considering me for any male roles in Julius Caesar then I am open to negotiation (also there is a part of my heart that will always always always be Mark Cohen).
Which one did you have best seats for?
There was a little too much front-and-centre for this lot. I will go for Broken Biscuits though, as that was the one where I didn't get a neck ache from sitting so close.