Mammy Goose Tron The­atre, Glas­gow Novem­ber 27 un­til Jan­uary 6

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“Even though I’ve been do­ing this for years, you still ap­proach it with the same dread, that blank page,” says Johnny McKnight.

This year, as in the pre­vi­ous five, the writer, direc­tor and per­former has two fes­tive shows on-the-go; Sleep­ing Cu­tie at Stir­ling’s Macrobert and Mammy Goose at Glas­gow’s Tron.

Though his pro­lific writ­ing ca­reer dates back to at least 2004 with Some­thing Wicked, the first pro­duc­tion by his com­pany Ran­dom Ac­com­plice, he does not equate past suc­cess with fu­ture re­sults.

“Peo­ple just as­sume that as soon as you’ve done one, you can do it all the time, but you still have to go through all that anx­i­ety,” he says. “But that’s also what gets you to the place to fin­ish it.”

Af­ter months spent writ­ing, McKnight now per­forms six nights a week as Mammy Goose, a hard-graft­ing cafe owner whose best pal is a six foot talk­ing goose.

“I think you’re dead lucky if you can give peo­ple their Christ­mas night out,” McKnight says. “It’s very joy­ful. Ev­ery year since about 2007 I’ve spent the end of the day at Christ­mas singing All I Want For Christ­mas Is You. I’ve sung it maybe about a thou­sand times on stage.”

Johnny McKnight stars in Mammy Goose

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