Quiz Show, Traverse Edinburgh
Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:21 AM
An interesting thing - the Traverse is advising people to not read the reviews, except for that by The Herald. The others all seem to be positive judging by pull-quotes and star ratings but they apparently give away key spoilers.
I started this thread largely in case anyone other than me sees the play and comments here - unlikely though - not so much to discuss reviewers and spoilers which has probably been discussed in depth already elsewhere but I just wanted to mention the Traverse's comments as I hadn't seen a theatre do that before.
I've seen plenty of tweets from audience members praising the show but also warning others not to read any reviews before seeing the show.
I'm not much of a reviews reader anyway. I've heard before that Spencer is the most notorious spoiler merchant.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:18 PM
Okay that's me done. Cheeri-bye.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:14 PM
I'm a bit suspicious of the vagaries of regional theatre ever since I went to a conference in Manchester in August, and found that all the cultural places had shut down for the whole bleedin' month!
Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:52 PM
As you know, their Festival programme is extraordinarily extensive, so calm before the storm makes sense, to allow the Traverse to prepare and to allow the audience to rest in readiness. I absolutely endorse your point that audiences need to learn and understand the various programming cycles of arts organisations, which are all different due to individual circumstances. Where I live, it has taken me several years to get a grip on this, and of course I still get thrown by the inevitable changes each year. I'd say the only outfit which ploughs on regardless of season at all times is the NT, but even there they usually have a big family show and a small children's show in the winter, limiting the rep for adults.
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