"I did a musical for 15 months, during which I had to be incredibly cheerful, and after six months I was clinically depressed. Seriously. You have no life. Literally... you have the energy for the show. It's singing, it's dancing, neither of which I was properly trained in, so I was terrified anyway, and then you can't go out, you can't drink." Actress Emma Thompson doesn't have fond memories of her West End theatre stint in Me & My Girl in the mid 1980s.