Badly Behaved Audiences
Posted 30 January 2008 - 04:39 PM
Posted 30 January 2008 - 05:25 PM
As a middle-aged, quiet theatre-goer I'm trying not to take too much umbrage at all this agism. However, I do have to agree with the Overlaughter comment. On Monday night we saw Trip to Scarborough at Guildford. Across the aisle from us was an elderly gent who boomed with laughter at practically every sentence. It was positively embarrassing. What with him roaring with laughter and then my friend and I getting the giggles at him the cast probably thought they were doing a lot better than they had a right to!
I don't know if it is about "Oh look I get the joke" or just "Well it says it's a comedy so I better damn well laugh!" His wife then started braying too
The play was pretty rubbish too..
Posted 31 January 2008 - 09:37 AM
That wasn't at The War Next Door last year, was it? I was annoyed and perplexed by a couple who kept laughing throughout the play, which at times featured spouse abuse.
The other week at the Bush a bloke across the aisle from me not only sipped very noisily from his plastic cup of iced drink, but between sips put the cup on the floor next to him, and tapped it up and down. Through quiet, dramatic moments I kept hearing this plasticky tap... tap... tap... tap... tap... tap...
I reckon there's some theatre demon who places these people near me, specifically to annoy me. I mean, why else would a bloke just across the aisle do something as specific as tapping a plastic cup on the floor? There can't be any other person, in any other theatre in the world, who's ever tapped a plastic cup on the floor.
Posted 31 January 2008 - 11:11 PM
Posted 06 February 2008 - 11:55 AM
The hot ticket is the National Theatre production of Much Ado About Nothing. With such a marvellous performance by Simon Russell Beale, who can look away from the stage? Well Ruby Wax for one, who, to the annoyance of those sitting behind her, including the author Deborah Moggach, pulled out her Blackberry halfway through act one and spent the next 30 minutes replying to her messages. "When the show ended, I ran after her and said I couldn't believe anyone could be so insensitive and rude," Moggach reports. "That she, as a performer herself, should be ashamed of herself for such lack of respect, and that it ruined the show for everyone around. She stared at us in amazement and said she thought nobody could see." And that sounds just like Ruby. Quiet, unobtrusive.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 12:33 PM
Posted 06 February 2008 - 03:59 PM
It has always been part of her "act" about how much she hates the theatre, so why on earth was she taking up a seat which a genuine theatre lover might have appreciated?
Posted 07 February 2008 - 03:22 PM
Posted 07 February 2008 - 03:49 PM
Posted 15 February 2008 - 03:27 PM
Imagine the forest of signs you'd need to tell you all the things not to do in theatres. Not to mention that, seeing as she needs signs to guide her in life, there also weren't any telling her to do it.
Something has to crack soon. Scum like her and her gormless cretin partner must be eradicated from theatres.
I liked her patterned tights though.
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