Sunday theatre question: Who would star in your dream play in 2021?
Hopefully this year we'll see theatres reopening and a semblance of normality returning so with that in mind the first Sunday Theatre question of 2021 is about what your dream play would be and who would star in it.
So pick a genre - or a play if you have one in mind - the actor and/or actress you'd most like to star in it and then share it in the comments.
My choice would be a black comedy starring Ben Whishaw and Monica Dolan for reasons I explain in the video.
Looking forward to reading about your choices and scroll down for my favourite black comedies...
Martin McDonagh is the king of black comedies but he isn't the only writer who manages to balance laughter with something more biting and dark - there is also Bruce Norris.
Here are some of my favourite black comedies from the past 10 years:
A play of uncomfortable laughs that makes it all the more powerful.
It is one of those plays I still talk about, demonstrating Martin McDonagh's skill at finding humour in the darkest of places and blending it with something closer to farce. It is unveiled a different side to Johnny Flynn performance skills moving him from jobbing romantic/tragic lead to charming villain. It was filmed to let's hope it gets released into the NT Live at home catalogue at some point because I would love to see it again.
The Cripple of Inishmaan, Noel Coward Theatre
Martin McDonagh blending cruel and biting humour with tragedy - I was laughing one minute and crying the next.
Bruce Norris tackles another delicate topic and while there are dollops of wit and humour, he never lets it get in the way of challenging the audience.