1. How many times have I heard them sing that supposedly funny song and perform the tongue-in-cheek movements since January? I couldn’t possible count – but the enthusiasm in today’s performance makes me genuinely laugh hard for the first time.

2. The King shouts “wait!” and the little girl beside me jumps with a gasp. Her and her mum watching it for the first time help me see it through fresh eyes too.

3. I love discovering am dram set secrets – what is a complete bodge but looks perfect from the audience. Last year it was foam pipe lagging painted white to form a curved staircase handrail and this year… I’m not going to say, I want to see if John notices when he comes to see the show on Friday.