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#1571 Backdrifter

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:55 PM

I agree it's largely difficult if not impossible to stop a cough but people can do more to muffle them. Sometimes one catches you by surprise and there's nothing you can do about it but on occasions I can't believe the coughing symphony that goes on in auditoriums, all full-on top-volume with no attempt to muffle them at all.

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.
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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:41 PM

View PostBackdrifter, on 03 March 2013 - 06:55 PM, said:

. I have images of one of us sat next to or in front of a real-life Bob Fleming.

Hilarious

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:50 AM

All these practically perfect people going on about how annoying it is to cough in the theatre...no offense to you, but if you say you have never ever coughed while a show is in progress, I would have to take you for a liar, and therefore a hypocrite.

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

To cough or not to cough that is the question!

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?

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:33 PM

View Postwickedgrin, on 04 March 2013 - 02:20 PM, said:

Am I being picky? Opinions?

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.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:26 PM

It's starting to really annoy me when shows aren't starting on time because not everyone is in their seat. It seems many are starting up to 10 minutes late - which doesn't sound like a long time - but I imagine the cast are all ready to go and the majority of the audience are ready to go, so it's just rude.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:54 PM

I remember (and relatively speaking it wasn't that long ago) when they wouldnt let you in if you were late. You had to wait until the interval. Many people nowadays dont seem to add in any 'fudge factor' when getting to a show, late trains, buses, over run meals are generally avoidable if you plan. I always leave myself extra time to get to a show as I would rather wait 40+mins and be early than dash in hot and bothered after curtain up. It's not just the lateness that disturb the rest of the audience, it's then the taking off of coat, putting bag away, shuffling in seat, getting out noisy box of Malteasers. OK maybe not the last bit but you get my drift..

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:02 AM

A Teutonic approach to the coughing issue ...

http://intermezzo.ty...le-shut-up.html
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Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:00 AM

View Postzyx123, on 04 March 2013 - 02:33 PM, said:

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.

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.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:16 PM

I prefer aisle seats too, mainly for the bit of extra leg room and being able to get away quickly after curtain. Mid-row, as mentioned above, you can be trapped by end-of-row people hanging about chatting.

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.

View Postfringefan, on 05 March 2013 - 10:00 AM, said:

A particular problem at the Yvonne Arnaud

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).

View Postcraftymiss, on 04 March 2013 - 07:54 PM, said:

Many people nowadays dont seem to add in any 'fudge factor' when getting to a show

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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