Drop and give me 50, soldier.

Busy week:  Two cities.

London:  Michael Shannon's The Writers' Room. Camden Fringe. Two nights, two full houses. Cast and crew: exhausted and elated. Rightly so. Wandering the quays. Writing by Tower Bridge. Researching at the V&A. Seeing old friends. Remembering why I'm doing all of this.

Belfast: Jaki McCarrick's The American Hotel. Beautiful, complex war story. Script-development boot camp. Revisions, deletions, amendments, and a brand new Act 3: all in two days. Fast work. Good work. Hard work. (And yes, press-ups.)

Right, folks: Ulster Hall on Wednesday, 7pm: That's an order.