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#31 Ian


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:26 PM

View Postjaqs, on 07 May 2013 - 03:52 PM, said:

Ive left prior to the megamix a couple of times at bad shows. Thus negating my need to boo or not clap or pitifully shake my head.

At the insistance of a minor cast member, (one of several trying to engineer a standing ovation during a Megamix after an interminable show), I did indeed rise to my feet which then rather publically marched across the front of the side stalls (I was in the centre blocks of seats) to the nearest exit. Not the reaction he was intending I think.

It felt damn good - and the production was being filmed which may have given them some additional editing to do!!
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Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:08 PM

I have walked out of two performances since I had an aisle seat and could leave discreetly  without disturbing other audience members (though in all fairness, I was not the only one walking out mid performance for either). Not something I would do if I had to make people get up, and I maintain to this day that the only reasons why I saw all of Greenland was because I was sitting in the middle of the row and it had no interval. The couple behind me didn't have the same qualms and escaped mid-play, lucky people.

I might mutter something under my breath and run for the hills in the interval if it's truly bad, if I stayed until the end and still couldn't find any redeeming features I don't clap but nothing has made me boo yet, though the aforementioned Greenland nearly pushed me to the edge.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:33 PM

The stalker in The Bodyguard is always booed but The actor that plays him seems to love it :)

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:19 PM

I've never booed and wouldn't even consider doing it. If I really don't like a particular show or actor (which has happened a lot), I just don't clap much. I don't see why boo-ing is necessary... unless it's a panto, in which case it's kind of required! :P
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 11:09 PM

Us british r so polite! If we hated it we just don't cheer as much!!!
I have taken everyone's thoughts and now don't boo. Instead, as the curtain call starts, I instantly stand, unclapping, and stare each member of the cast in the eye

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 11:13 PM

I pantomined booed the villains in Welcome to Thebes, The Bodyguard and mercilessly booed the wicked witch of the west in Wizard of Oz, along with the audience

If I don't like a play I will register my dislike by giving a small clap or not clapping at all. Booing a production is a disgrace

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 12:09 AM

I've never heard of a playwright writing a poor play on purpose or actors putting on a bad performance in similar circumstances. Therefore what is the point of showing displeasure simply because something didn't work for you? Booing is not only disrespectful to those on stage but also those employed backstage and your fellow members of the audience. If you didn't like something simply leave without applauding.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:48 AM

View PostMrs Lovett, on 26 June 2013 - 11:09 PM, said:

Us british r so polite! If we hated it we just don't cheer as much!!!
I have taken everyone's thoughts and now don't boo. Instead, as the curtain call starts, I instantly stand, unclapping, and stare each member of the cast in the eye
  How daringly rock'n'roll. And what productions have you pretended to do that for? :lol:

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 11:59 AM

The rule of thumb I take is not to spoil other people's enjoyment; not applauding, leaving at the interval, that's fine. If there is something which affects the performance such as set malfunction then that too.

What isn't fine is showing that you didn't like something when other people clearly did, if anyone booed next to me when I'd enjoyed something then I would probably challenge them on it. I was ready for it for 'In the Republic of Happiness' which seemed to annoy a certain section of people but it was a great audience when I was there so I didn't get the chance.

The absolute worst of the worst is someone brandishing a mobile phone in the middle of the performance though, it isn't just an attempt to annoy it's deliberately angering others who are enthused and focused on what they are watching. The selfishness of believing that you are more important than any person in that audience. Grrr...

View PostMS1995, on 06 May 2013 - 08:55 PM, said:

What about walking out in the bows? I have never done it myself and don't plan to, but have seen it pop up a few times in the bad behaviour thread and wondered if people thought it was acceptable way of showing displeasure at a performance?

Well it isn't very effective because it's generally presumed that it's someone trying to get their bus/train isn't it?

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:01 PM

A friend of mine had a role in a musical where she had to come between the leading man and his osonice girlfriend.  
She was boo'd every night and eventually found the whole thing very demoralising and moved on.

I suspect that any performer, having given a good performance, would be concerned if they got the boos, because many people would not appreciate the fact that it is the character getting the bird not the actor.

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