Mammy Goose Tron Theatre, Glasgow November 27 until January 6
“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