Meet our panel: We have given our panellists pen-names but their biographies reflect their real career details…
Dicky Benfield is in his 40s and has worked in the West End and in theatres around the country, as well as making regular TV appearances
Ros Clifford, 30, is currently a deputy stage manager, she has worked extensively in London and regional theatre for nine years
Charlotte Osmand is in her 30s and has worked as a stage manager on and off the book in venues across the UK, as well as in event management
Albert Parker is in his 60s and has appeared as a regular in soaps, two BAFTA-winning sitcoms, theatre and TV
John Pepper is in his 30s and for the past 10 years has worked as an actor in regional theatres, the National and in radio, television and film
Beryl Phoenix is in her 40s. She has played leading roles at the RSC, worked on new plays, and toured both nationally and internationally
Peter Quince is in his 70s and is an actor working in theatre and television
Jenny Talbot is 39 and has nearly 20 years of experience in West End and touring musical theatre with occasional forays into TV and film
Jon Since there’s no theatre to go to, I thought it might be worth hearing about your lockdown viewing…
Jenny We’re doing a movie marathon – all the Marvel films in chronological order.
Beryl I’m listening to The Archers. It’s still coronavirus-free.
Dicky Tiger King.
Albert Tiger King suddenly made it very clear to me how America got Trump as president.
John It’s very entertaining.
Jenny I’ve been to the Big Cat rescue place in Florida. It’s a lovely place and portrayed very badly on Tiger King – it’s a proper sanctuary.
Charlotte I’ve just finished Grace and Frankie. It’s brilliant.
John I have just started on the US version of The Office. I’d been meaning to get round to it for a while.
Ros I’ve been watching How I Met Your Mother from the start on Netflix... then anything else I fancy on Disney+.
Charlotte We’ve been watching a lot of the shorts on Disney+. They are really good and the work that goes into them is incredible.
Peter I’ve been watching a lot – a mix of catching up on things I’d never seen (This Country, Sex Education) and going back to old favourites. I’m watching Breaking Bad again.
Beryl I honestly haven’t been watching anything really.... Small doses of stuff is fine but haven’t committed time to watching.
Peter I live alone, so I don’t have to pander to anyone else’s taste.
Jenny It’s great that there is so much theatre to watch for us all – but it’s making me really miss live theatre.
Peter It was good to see One Man, Two Guvnors again. I almost fell out of my seat laughing in the theatre.
Albert It was great to see it, but I’m in the 50% of the UK population who just doesn’t get James Corden. I thought Oliver Chris was very funny.
Beryl I haven’t watched the National Theatre Live stuff yet, but I will.
Charlotte You can see how the filming has changed over the years for NT Live – Jane Eyre was a lot better to watch than One Man, Two Guvnors – and the sound was a lot better.
Jon I’ve been watching lots of theatre: Cyprus Avenue, Wild, One Man, Two Guvnors... I know not everyone likes theatre on the small screen.
Dicky Wonderland from Hampstead Theatre is a good play.
Peter I haven’t watched any streamed theatre.
John I’m not a huge fan of watching theatre on the small screen. I’ve seen a couple of NT Live broadcasts in the cinema – they weren’t bad, but I can’t get into it in my living room.
Albert I think you have to be familiar with theatre if you’re watching it on the screen – otherwise it can just look like a badly shot, overacted TV special.
John I agree with that.
Jon I’ve also been hitting the DVD box sets I bought and never watched: BBC studio versions of Coward, Rattigan, Wilde... my front room has become the Haymarket in the 1950s.
Jenny I like the sound of that.
Jon There’s some really good stuff in the BBC productions. We watched After the Dance (which I missed when it was at the National and in Keswick) and it’s beautifully done.
Jenny A lot of folks are streaming their own stuff on line, such as concerts from their living rooms. I’d rather eat pins than do one, but people seem to be tuning in to them.
John I may just be being a grump, but I find the relentless Instagram stories of people singing and performing a bit much.
Beryl I struggle with it too.
Jenny I agree, but if it gets them through the day, who can begrudge them?
John Absolutely – I don’t have to watch it.
Albert The fact that there is so much free content available is good, but it does mean theatres will fight to charge high prices when they return. West End venues will have to do loads of £20 or ‘buy one, get one free’ deals. Buy one Pretty Woman, get a Waitress and a Wicked free – that sort of thing.
Peter When I’ve watched live theatre in the cinema I’ve noticed that the theatre audience is laughing much more than the cinema audience.
Beryl I find it hard to sit and commit.
Dicky Does anyone have any good radio drama recommendations?
John I’ve actually completely stopped listening to the radio and podcasts. My routine has changed, so it’s just dropped off.
Dicky I’ve been listening to a radio play every day on my permitted one-hour walk.
Jon As well as radio drama, the Desert Island Discs archive would be great for a walk.
Dicky Yes, I’ve done a lot of those – most of the comedians.
Peter The TV companies will run out of new product soon and then we’ll regret all those buy-out contracts we signed.
Dicky Unless they start reshowing Spender, I’ll be okay.
Jenny They’ve also brought out a series of Malory Towers on CBBC, which I’m loving watching with my daughter – they were my favourite childhood books.
Beryl Oh, I might look into that, but with such terrible viewing habits....
Charlotte I’ve also been watching and re-watching videos of my nieces and nephew. I haven’t seen them in the flesh for nearly a year now.
Jenny Others things I’ve been watching are birds – real live ones outside on my walk – and the moon.
Jon Dryden Taylor is an actor, writer and editor of The Green Room. If you work in theatre and would like to join in the conversation, email email@example.com