Well here are my recollections of the post-show discussion, by no means complete so those who were in attendance, please add anything vital I've left out. We started off with Michael Punter (writer) telling us about the background to the play, with Anthony Clark (director) and Paul Farnsworth (designer) also seated on stage. One by one the actors wandered on after changing out of their costumes (Vinette was first out, followed by Julian), including Oliver Izod who played the ghost. There were plenty of hands going up in the audience by this time, so well done our very own FQ for managing to get not one but two questions in.
Spitting Bunny got Julian talking by asking him whether he was drawn to ghost stories, seeing as he’s recently featured in The Crooked House, M R James on radio and now DS. He replied that it was just a coincidence that had come about mainly because his friends had got him those jobs and he is actually quite scared of ghost stories and horror movies!
There followed some discussion (and complimenting) of the set and special effects used in the play, although Oliver was giving away none of the secrets of his trick with the bed and the water, saying only that he was the world’s first human sponge.
Of course the evening couldn’t end without mention of how Tom G-H stepped into Prof Gabriel Stokes’s shoes at the last minute and did such a great job. As ever, Julian was generous with his praise, causing poor Tom to squirm in his seat and go a bit pink. This was followed by applause for everyone involved and then it was off to the bar (and off home for me so couldn’t tell you if anything interesting occurred after that).
Great to see everyone, really enjoyed the play and the rest of the proceedings, hope you all made it home safe and sound.