Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:25 AM
Doubters should see at first hand the success of the Covent Garden sunday matinees - they are sold out very quickly indeed.
I live in London, but it should be obvious that Sunday Matinees open up a massive potential audience for theatre-one that families can attend too, without the complications of late journeys home. Most people would travel by car and parking on Sundays is also considerable easier (and cheaper).
The audience's preferences should take precedence over performers - although as somebody mentioned, it is probably the backstage unions causing the trouble.
Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:29 AM
No they shouldn't. You sound very selfish, to me. What may be the norm in (some) other countries is of no concern to me. We don't live in other countries.
Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:31 AM
Nicholas Hytner has been in negotiations with the unions (the problem will be the backstage people, not the actors, I bet) about this but I haven't heard with what result yet.
Do you realise how little most 'backstage people' get paid, Ms Brock?
And could you possibly have used a more patronising term for the several different departments that work very hard backstage.
I have been out of the loop how negotiations are going with regard to Sunday opening, but I know many 'backstage people' who have to have a second job to make ends meet which would mean them working 7 days a week.
If wages in general, for stage crew, show LX & FoH staff, were increased to a living wage for a *normal* 8 show week, then the negotiations for Sunday opening would (probably) be easier.
Personally, I am currently eaning 20 quid a week less for 8 shows than I did 6 years ago for the same type of job!
Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:41 AM
Exactly, how dare they suggest that theatre should put the needs of the audience first. Theatre should be run for the benefit of actors and the audience tolerated as a necessary evil.
Posted 04 April 2007 - 08:41 AM
Posted 04 April 2007 - 02:44 PM
I cant imagine Sundays would sell worse than midweek matinees!
Posted 04 April 2007 - 03:00 PM
Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:06 PM
Lots of people come to London for a weekend, and while they will be travelling home sunday evening, a matinee is very likely to fit with their plans. And I can't see how many people would be disadvantaged by losing the monday evening - It's not many people who can only see a show on Mondays, and I'm sure easily as many people can't see a weeknight who could make the sunday afternoons.
From the perspective of the cast and crew, it also has plenty of advantages - having all monday off allows you time to do all the things that can't be done on a sunday - dull banking, etc... a Sunday matinee not evening allows time to socialise, as well as having all monday daytime and evening to meet people.
Yes, Sunday transport can be a pain. So Sunday evenings would be impractical. However matinees finish early enough that even with increased travel time one can get home with no problems.
The most important element to me, is that taking on sunday means dropping one other day. being dark on monday is the most obvious, but not necessary - tuesday or wednesday could equally be the dark night for various productions. The other thing of vital importance would be that any changes would need to be extensively advertised. The news would need to reach far and wide that Sunday afternoon performances are available, and people would take advantage of them!
Posted 04 April 2007 - 10:43 PM
Posted 05 April 2007 - 08:43 AM
The argument often given against Sunday shows is that it doesn't give people time to socialise. Theatre work can become very insular: you're heading off to work just as most other people are going home, so you have little chance to mingle with people outside your own profession. Sundays are the only day off that theatre folk and non-theatre folk have in common, and that's especially important for theatre staff who have families. Sunday off gives them an entire day together; Monday off means the spouse is at work, the kids are at school, and you face one extra day all alone in an empty house wondering what to do until the evening.
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