Bad Behaviour At A Show
Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:55 PM
I'm enjoying the coughing debate, which possibly makes it sound like my life is devoid of entertainment, but for some reason it's amusing me. I have images of one of us sat next to or in front of a real-life Bob Fleming.
Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:41 PM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:50 AM
What would people rather have, a couple if seconds of coughing or a someone fidgeting around so much that it will look like they were having a fit, just to hold a cough in.
I had the flu last September, but by the time I went to the theatre after it at the end of October, every symptom was gone and I was perfectly healthy apart from a persistant cough.
And please don't go on about how much you paid to enjoy the show, because the person beside/behind/in front of you coughing most likely paid the same. You might not fully enjoy te show because of this, but to expect to person to hold in a cough is ridiculous.
I also have hayfever in the summer, I guess me and other sufferers have to feel even worse when our antihistamines fail in the middle of a dusty theatre just because we sneeze a couple of times and 'ruin your show'
No offense, but if anyone ever turns to me in theatre to shush me for coughing, just because what I consider to be bad behaviours is slightly different, I will cough all other them because of their rudeness in shushing me.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:20 PM
This annoyed me the other week at a WE musical but I am not sure if it constitutes bad behaviour.
A group of 5 people - a family I think, perhaps with friends were sat in the middle of the row in the circle. About 5 mins before the show started 2 arrived and the row got up to let them in, and then a minute later 2 more arrived and then finally the 5th person. They all knew each other and had the tickets in a strip. I was annoyed at having to get up 3 times for one party, and then although they left all together at the interval did the same thing returning in ones and twos. If it had been my party I would have ensured all the members were back from the loos etc. before disturbing the row.
Am I being picky? Opinions?
Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:33 PM
Yes. As long as people arrive on time I don't see a problem with it. However, I usually sit on an aisle seat and you would be amazed at the amount of people who don't ask you to get up. They just stand there and expect you to know they want to get past you.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:26 PM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:54 PM
Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:00 AM
I also prefer aisle seats (partly because otherwise, at the end, people blocking your exit seem inclined to stop and socialise, never thinking that others might have trains to catch) and find the same. I am so tempted sometimes to ask "Oh, are you in this row? Sorry, I forgot my crystal ball today." or something similar. But I never have the nerve to be that sarcastic.
Another bugbear of mine is couples or, worse, larger groups, who enter the auditorium, then stand in the way of everyone following by only then deciding to check their tickets to see where they're sitting. A particular problem at the Yvonne Arnaud, but fortunately most theatres use ushers to direct people at this point.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:16 PM
I'm not sure I'd classify the dribs & drabs arrivals of a party as bad behaviour. If a party have had their tickets divvied up and they might not all be able to arrive at once, they can't avoid arriving in batches. Or if they come back from the toilet at different times at interval.
On my mere 2 visits to the YA, I've been annoyed by unpleasant snooty audience members including one bloke who tapped me with his rolled-up programme and said "The queue ends back there, sonny", looking just slightly past me, when I'd just gone to look at what flavours of ice cream there were. I looked just past him, tapped him with my programme, and said "I know. I'm looking at what flavours there are, daddy". A woman sitting next to my friend took exception to some minor innocuous thing he did - he shifted about in his seat 2 or 3 times, but without elbowing her or anything - and used that as reason to start haranguing him non-stop, calling him a "nightmare". Among various other unsavoury incidents - all from just two visits! (The only two I'll ever make).
Nowadays?! I know people who even back in the 80s would leave the absolute minimum possible time for getting to an event or gathering, resulting in their being late pretty much every time. Once, one of them didn't even make it on the right day, showing up at someone's house just gone midnight.
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