"In a world of constructed realities, where every little thought can be shared on Facebook or tweeted for the world to see, how much do you really know about your best friend, work colleague or old buddy from uni?" Melissa said. "And how much do they really know about you? Never Ever is a play about the truths and the lies we tell, as well as the parts we keep hidden.
"I wrote the play many years ago, when I was in my 20s, and it was a chance to have some fun and ask some interesting questions. This year, I decided to come back to it with a more mature approach and see if I could update it and present it to a modern audience."
"There is also an interesting balance between comedy and drama that needs to be managed very carefully. I don't want to step on the funny moments and hopefully there will be plenty of funny moments but I also don't want to minimise the impact of the dramatic moments."
"She doesn't endear herself to her peers or the audience one bit and as the scene goes on, we get to learn why. Tina's got a lot on her plate, and just like all the characters, she deals with her troubles in her own way."
Initially, Anastatia felt uncomfortable playing the most ungracious person at the party. "The thought of being so obviously unhappy to be in a group and so blatantly not even trying to have a good time is so 'not me' that it meant I had to step out of my comfort zone," she said. "But I'm glad though getting to push yourself is what improving your range is all about. Besides, Tina gets some killer lines so it's not all bad."