Later on we were taken to the local pub where we met the rest of the cast; friends Kyle Payne (Taylor Pope), Richard ‘Crush’ (Scott Henderson), and his brother Ronnie (Ryan Downey). I enjoyed the fact that the bar area bordered on being part of the audience as I felt this achieved more of an immersive experience for the viewer. They used the limited space well, including the audience and enabling us to get in on the action.
In The Dating Diary each character had a completely different personality and shone in their own way. Amelia’s Bridget Jones meets Daisy May Cooper mannerisms were understandably chuckle-inducing. Whilst Laura’s sweet and loyal disposition balanced her vain obsession with making videos for social media.
Kyle’s outright obnoxious, unpalatable demeanour and incessant offensive remarks gave us the villain we took pleasure in disliking. He was the walking definition of toxic masculinity, sexism, male chauvinism and egocentrism - so obviously a very fun, albeit uncomfortable, character to watch!
Richard/Crush is what I could only describe as a dim-witted lovechild of Rodney from Only Fools and Horses and Neil from The Inbetweeners. We were treated to a character as dumb as they come (with surprisingly intellectual and brave outbursts) which simply made him all the more lovable.