Badly Behaved Audiences
Posted 09 October 2009 - 09:53 AM
Posted 09 October 2009 - 10:48 AM
I thought I was the only one who noticed it. I was there last night and I was so distracted by them I spoke to an usher about it at the interval. Some did remain - but they at least seemed to be paying attention most of the time and enjoying what they saw. The group weren't paying ANY attention at all, they were just chatting. I saw them outside before the show and just knew they would be trouble as they were extremely noisy and their teachers were barely bothering to control them (in fact, I think I saw their teachers nattering away - and doing absolutely nothing to stop them chatting).
They were awful weren't they Miriam? The worst I have ever experienced. It was as if the play was a terrible interruption to their conversation. I saw the group beforehand too and was also worried they were going to be disruptive but they took it to a whole new level! You're so right though, why take up tickets to a fantastic production when there are others who'd love to go and see it but couldn't as it was sold out. I'm glad I'd already seen it too as I would have lost what was going on otherwise.
I'd forgotten actually as Macca pointed out they did have a steward stand in the middle of another group (or maybe the same group once half the noisiest ones had gone) which did seem to scare some into silence. It is an excellent tactic!
Posted 16 October 2009 - 10:18 AM
A friend, performing in a male dominated West End show tells me that there was a female flasher showing her bits to the cast from the front row of the Dress Circle earlier this week!!
Posted 16 October 2009 - 01:27 PM
I'm guessing Jersey Boys? I've seen some of those crazy fans in full flow and it's really quite scary!
2010 so far: The Phantom Of The Opera - Legally Blonde - Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
Posted 18 October 2009 - 11:03 AM
Posted 18 October 2009 - 05:26 PM
I went to see Wicked when it very first opened. I knew all about it i.e. what happens, the songs, the effects etc. But my mum knew nothing about it whatsover. We got there and ended up sitting next to a girl who was probably about 8 or 9, who throughout the whole show proceeded to tell her mum what was going to happen next. 'Such a thing is going to happen now, Elphaba is going to do such a thing... etc etc.' Not so bad for me, but for my mum she ruined it. She then proceeded to cry through the interval and into the second act because her mum wouldn't buy her Maltesers, even though she'd been bought just about every bit of merchandise possible.
Two women on my first time seeing Phantom would not keep still. They'd obviously seen it before because they seemed to know exactly when to crane their necks to a specific point of the stage at just the right time. Ended up blocking my view for the show, talked loudly throughout and did it even more when someone told them in the interval to be quiet in the second act!
Jersey Boys - well. Someone two rows infront of me came in late, and I mean late. If you've seen it, they were ushered in at 'My Eyes Adored You.' I don't know why they bothered. Ok, a few minutes late is usually annoying anyway, because you think they should know what time it starts because it's on their ticket. But near the end of the first act? I'm surprised they were let in. I always seem to be near singers/dancers/talkers and people kicking the beat along to the music on the back of my chair when I'm there.
Sorry, I waffled!
Posted 18 October 2009 - 07:25 PM
Posted 24 October 2009 - 11:22 PM
Posted 25 October 2009 - 05:29 AM
Perhaps she, like the rest of the audience, was utterly unimpressed by the performance that night, felt that the cast had done nothing to deserve a standing ovation, and resented being stuck behind someone who was, as far as she could tell, a fan who'd stand regardless.
I've never complained about it, but I get annoyed when I'm stuck behind people who jump to their feet when nothing about the performance deserves that level of praise. OK, so they love the show, but they don't have to leap out of their seats every time they see it and spoil it for the people behind them who are there for their one and only time. I'm not saying you're one of those people, but some of the people I've seen are clearly there to show how much they love the show, and it's intensely annoying to be stuck behind them. And as they usually try to grab the front row, the end result is a reluctant and unconvincing ripple of standees sweeping back as each row in turn stands to see over the one in front. The last time I saw a proper standing ovation was at the last night of Evita, and it's an entirely different experience from the usual grumbling-to-their-feet that characterises most so-called standing ovations
Posted 25 October 2009 - 10:40 AM
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