QUOTE(Reich @ Apr 21 2009, 05:05 PM)
quite a few of us moaned at the time about the setting up of this section and perhaps the fact that this section is so under used demonstates the point.
could wos give us one of their explanations for this area?
It was my post that prompted the move - I mentioned it partly as I think it's a shame this section, which in theory should be buzzing, is so quiet and unpopulated. But perhaps I should just finally accept that people on this board aren't very interested in fringe & off-West End stuff. Before this separate forum was created, I'd regularly start threads in the Plays forum about fringe productions I'd seen, only to see them sink without any responses. So right from then it was clear that aspect of theatregoing didn't attract any discussion.
I naively thought if some of the off-West End stuff that does get some attention, like the Menier and the Almeida, were posted here it would generate a bit more life in this forum. But I suppose, as Trev said, it's more likely to kill those threads as people just don't visit this forum. To me it's a chicken-and-egg situation - if people routinely posted their Off West End threads here, then it wouldn't
be so quiet. But by now I think WoS have to realise members just won't visit here. And despite having tried to champion it, I think they should consider whether to retain it. Either way, it won't make that much difference - you'll have either fringe threads that languish unread here, or ones that sink beneath the tide of west End threads in a general Plays forum.
It's a shame, considering the breadth of theatre experiences there are not just in Greater London, but throughout the UK - check the "Regional" forum for a similar lack of posting activity. I think it's laudable for WoS to have those sections, and it's such a pity that some people felt they had to "moan" about this forum being set up, but in terms of this message board the focus is almost entirely on what's on the stages of the London West End and the NT.
Just looked back at WoS's thread about the starting-up of this forum - and here
I am agreeing with another poster that it probably won't be used much! See also my post immediately after. I'm guessing WoS's thinking was along the lines of what I said - that many of the fringe/regional threads don't get much of a chance to breathe in the main Plays forum.
Turn up the signal... wipe out the noise