"Agatha Christie wrote numerous 'whodunit' plays and this is no exception," Joan said. "It's a play from the 1950s and remains in that era so there's no trying to modernise it. It's been some years since I was on stage at the Old Mill Theatre, so my first challenge has been finding my way around."
"I have directed one cast member before while the others I need to work with, getting down to the detail as I see it. It's imperative the cast's work away from rehearsals, such as getting their scripts down, gives us plenty of time to polish the show."
"The Unexpected Guest came my way under unusual circumstances," Joan said. "The Old Mill Theatre needed a director at short notice because the play was already programmed, so I said I'd step into the breach!"
"I had never read it and had to get auditions done as soon as possible – but with seven roles for men, I was concerned. Men are usually in short supply at auditions but we made it and the play was fully cast."