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#291705 Olivier Panel

Posted Lynette on 04 February 2014 - 07:21 PM

You have to act out a scene they choose from random.  Ha ha. No, but I do remember what I was asked. I was asked what made me choose a play to go to, the director, actor or the play. And then we chatted about our sons studying Latin. Can't remember how that came about. I expect the telephone is more tricky cos you can't exercise your personal charm so easily! And I bet they have to ask qs and tick boxes.
Do have a go, look out for the call in the autumn.

#291698 Olivier Panel

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 04 February 2014 - 06:33 PM

View Posthotshot, on 04 February 2014 - 06:01 PM, said:

Thanks Lynette and DrP! Were the interviews to drill you on your knowledge of theatre or was it more a meet and greet? haha don't think i'll pass a detailed exam on the history of musical theatre as an example! :)

They use the appendix of The National Theatre Story by Daniel Rosenthal and ask you to name the director and designer, as well as number of performances and exact dates of 4 randomly chosen productions from the past 50 years. Get them wrong and you're out.

#276427 Single Theatre Goers

Posted Alf on 28 August 2013 - 09:22 PM

View Postsam22, on 26 August 2013 - 11:20 PM, said:

I meant to post about this previously, I'm a (straight) male in my mid twenties and sometimes I do get annoyed of the assumptions people make. I'm pretty unusual out of my friends to enjoy theatre so people often make comments about whether I'm gay or if not just think it is plain weird that as a straight guy I like the theatre. I sometimes do end up trying to justify it which is plainly absurd, but the odd time that I've been alone I almost want to let people know! I know I really shouldn't care what people think and I'm sure most don't even consider it, but it is certainly something I have come across
It's nice to hear that I'm not alone in experiencing this. Worse case was atMerrily We Roll Along at the Menier, where the older gay couple sitting a few seats away kept giving me the eye and saying "bless that little one, like we used to be, let's pop his cherry". I'm straight and 18, they were in their sixties, it was horrible.

#276429 Single Theatre Goers

Posted wickedlover on 28 August 2013 - 10:14 PM

View PostAlf, on 28 August 2013 - 09:22 PM, said:

It's nice to hear that I'm not alone in experiencing this. Worse case was atMerrily We Roll Along at the Menier, where the older gay couple sitting a few seats away kept giving me the eye and saying "bless that little one, like we used to be, let's pop his cherry". I'm straight and 18, they were in their sixties, it was horrible.


I'm getting sick of people assuming I'm gay when I'm at the theatre on my own...its basically the case of others assuming you are following a stereotype of the lonely gay guy in his early 20's who loves the musicals.

I've had older guys trying to chat me up at the theatre 3 times in the last 2 months...I wasn't amused...especially when one of those times was when I was visiting my girlfriend who is in Uni in Manchester and we decided to go and see Ghost.

Some guy came over to her in the bar and asked if I was her 'gay bestie' and if I was 'available', while I was standing beside her...all I could do was laugh it off.

#273853 Titanic Musical - Chamber Version At Southwark Playhouse

Posted Loopyjohn on 30 July 2013 - 10:29 PM

I can only echo what Reich & others have said about safety - I've lived here for 4 years and have wandered the streets at all times of day & night without ever feeling unsafe. To reach the venue take the South bank Uni exit from E&C tube, turn sharp left on exiting the tube station, and wander along Newington Causeway for 2 mins.  You'll see the venue on the RHS just after the railway viaduct.

Saw the show tonight and agree about the microclimate - while it was pleasant outside the auditorium was still very warm.  I miss those cool London Bridge railways arches.  My only knowledge of the show was a few numbers that have been performed in the Night of 1000 Voices concerts.  The cast of 20 and small band look & sound much bigger than they are.   By the end of Act 1 I didn't have much emotional involvement with the characters - lots of them, and none explored in much depth.  Act 2 was much darker and moving.  Musically, there's lots to enjoy.  In terms of book, they obviously stick to the well known facts which have been told time & time again in films, TV dramas & documentaries, so the show suffers on that level.  I would recommend sitting in the front-facing section of seats for the best view of everything on the two levels.

#273762 Titanic Musical - Chamber Version At Southwark Playhouse

Posted abs2512 on 30 July 2013 - 10:46 AM

In the first half we learnt about various crew members from the high ranking officers to the lowly stokers and the class difference between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers whilst the 2nd half of the show dealt with the sinking of the ship itself,  for me the 2nd half was about 20 minutes too long and I found myself wishing that they would just hurry up and get the sinking over and done with :( It was very hot in theatre which didn't help. It was very well staged but  I felt it lacked emotion and there was no sense of panic as the ship was sinking.
There were a lot of familiar faces in the cast, so that was nice to see and the cast play a multitude of roles and work extremely hard but the sound wasn't great in parts and I couldn't make out what was being said and sung some of the time.
I know I am in the minority about this show - I'm very glad I went but don't think I will be tempted to go back again

#263276 Once London

Posted paplazaroo on 25 April 2013 - 11:06 PM

I was out tonight with a bunch of 20-35 non theatre friends who are all obsessed with the idea of getting BOM tickets, I mentioned they would love Once and they had never heard of it. The PR needs to do something because the few posters on the tubes and buses just look like another movie, they need to do TV appearances and more press or it will close soon.

#263182 Once London

Posted poster J on 25 April 2013 - 09:06 AM

Yes, just because it's not selling out doesn't mean it's not making enough to keep going for now, it's probably got some of the lowest production costs of any musical currently running!

I think it'll be a travesty if it doesn't last though, I thought West End audiences appreciated simple, different shows that showed real talent and weren't just flashy, shallow nonsense, but how this is selling out on Broadway and can't find an audience here is beyond me.  It's really sad.

#262285 Once London

Posted poster J on 17 April 2013 - 10:03 AM

View Postwickedgrin, on 17 April 2013 - 12:44 AM, said:

She had seen Once and her comments on the performances in this show were very perceptive - I will not repeat them here. Suffice it to say her comments did not lead me to beat a path to the box office for this.

How do you know her comments were perceptive if you haven't seen the show?

Is it just me who gets annoyed when people take others' opinions as gospel without seeing a show, even if they come from someone like Elaine Paige?  See the show yourself and make your own mind up!  Or don't, but at the very least don't just assume one person's opinion is correct - there's no such thing as a correct opinion!