Bad Behaviour At A Show
Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:43 PM
Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:34 PM
think they're dead?!
Also a lot of theatres are very lax in enforcing policies about phones so some people interpret that as it not being an issue. Again, nothing like a quick flash from the torch for nipping it in the bud!
A longstanding member here defended posting during a show on the grounds that it was boring and nobody would mind being disturbed
Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:02 AM
If it's boring you get up and leave. Did this person ask everyone around them if they didn't find his actions disturbing? Didn't think so! Only an idiot would say and do something like that!
Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:05 PM
All through the show there was a running commentary, one of them had clearly seen the film and kept tell the others what would happen next (although some of it didnt happen as the film is different from the book and the play), they then kept discussing everything whiulst also being unable to keep still. I'm embarrassed to say I suffered through the first act, which I know isnt great and I surprised myself as I usually try to nip these things in the bud before they really rile me. I'd had an awful afternoon just getting us to London so I was probably not in the mood to say anything.
During the interval they went off & my son said he was finding them extremely distracting. I told him I was going to see how the second act went & if they continued. Well what a shocker.....they carried one their banal conversations. About 5 mins in I turned around looked at one of them & gave a loud "Ssshhhh" putting my fingers to my lips whilst staring at them. Their silence lasted 2-4 mins. I looked around again, but they just ignored me. One of them kept asking the others what was being said when the actors were talking German or French, from what I could gather none of them spoke the language except one knew that "je suis" meant "I am" which she repeated with alarming regularity whilst chuckling.
I'd never seen War Horse before, but I'd read the book numerous times and also seen the film, this was a real treat for me as I love this era and it's a play that had me transfixed from start to finish, however, it will be forever marred by these silly inane women. I'd decided at the end I was going to vent my spleen at them, but they knew they'd upset me and scuttled off during the final applause. I'd love to see it again but the initial surprises have now gone (
Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:08 PM
Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:07 PM
Queue usher coming down asking her to sit in her seat, and girl again complaining loudly that she can't see enough. The usher offers her a seat further at the back. Oh no, not good enough for missy. Her derrière is plunked in the aisle and she has no plan to move, never mind that the performance has started and some of us were planning to watch ballet instead of sulky girls. She ignores the usher and stays put.
At this point usher number 1 gives up and goes for back-up in the shape of a burly no-nonsense usher. Usher number 2 manages to make it clear to her that her choices consist of leaving the theatre or sitting down in the super cheap seat she paid for without disturbing other audience members and the girl finally deigns to return to her seat.
Thankfully they managed to resolve that before any solos started and I actually got to see the stage instead of ushers. I don't think I've ever seen anyone as entitled, greedy and idiotic as that girl. They moved after the first interval, and good riddance.
Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:25 AM
Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:47 AM
But they often don't! I do wish they would & think it should be the responsibility of the FOH staff to encourage an orderly audience. Too often, it is left to another member of the audience to have a confrontation, which can go either way. In some theatres the staff 'patrol' though their main focus seems to be spotting cameras. I think they should ask people to be quiet more, & ask people to leave if they are disrupting the show for those around them.
Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:29 PM
However, thankfully the vast majority of customers are very nice and respectful to us and the actors and their fellow audience members, just the idiots stand out!
Posted 01 April 2013 - 04:25 PM
The staff in most places seem to stand at the entrance to the seating and look at tickets, tearing off if necessary and sometimes they are there in twos. Why does it need two people ? Most, entrances can be managed by one person. At The Old Vic there are sometimes three. But no one then goes up and down the sides to remind people to turn off phones. Just a quiet stroll and a few glares would help..in the nicest possible way. It is as if they are actually avoiding any contact with the punters.
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