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#297263 Up For An Award... Again - Robocop In 60 Seconds

Posted jaqs on 19 March 2014 - 02:08 PM

Congrats! Enjoy the hobnobbing.

#293916 Unexpected Moments!

Posted Nicholas on 23 February 2014 - 12:19 PM

View PostMrs Lovett, on 22 February 2014 - 09:31 PM, said:

have u been to a performance where something unexpected has happened???!

We went to see My Fair Lady, and Martine McCutcheon was on.

#278606 Richard Burton Bio Musical Heading For West End?

Posted QuincyMD on 19 September 2013 - 09:33 PM

a hole is a hole is a hole as they say.

#271144 View From Your Seat Function On Websites.

Posted Honoured Guest on 02 July 2013 - 09:52 AM

Many theatre websites display gloriously unimpeded vistas of the stage from different parts of the auditorium. To get a truer picture of the real theatre experience, cut out a lifesize head and hold it directly between you and this website image.

#269974 The Drowned Man

Posted Cardinal Pirelli on 23 June 2013 - 10:04 PM

View Postitsuckstobeme, on 23 June 2013 - 08:02 PM, said:

Audience was mostly hideous tonight, something about wearing a mask that makes people feel anonymous and all civility goes out of the window. I even overheard a man tell someone to go **** themselves when he was asked to turn his phone off.

Sigh - this is what I was talking about, people who really don't know why they are there.

Still. it would be in keeping if enough people piled in, in an approximation of contemporary dance, to remove their phone and/or goolies.....

Did anyone see 'The Borough' in Aldeburgh? I went today and it was just as good but different. We can give spoilers away now the run has finished but it was an audio walk, a variation on Peter Grimes (which you really had to know to make the most of it, I listened to it again on the way up there) and I really wasn't expecting as many performers to turn up, they must have been in double figures easily.

With outdoor audio pieces there are these wonderfully serendipitous moments; the weather was horrible but perfect today, for example. Heavy intermittent showers that happened at the most effective moments of the walk/drama.

You got to spy Ellen Orford from inside her wardrobe, got followed by locals like some vigilante group after you, menaced by Boles in a shed, all the while listening to a very good narration piece by Jack Thorne (with Britten music at appropriate points, mostly the interludes but some vocal pieces as well).

As for the ending....

I was being followed up a lane and had to go through a gate onto a marsh (a real one) weaving my way to a little wooden hut (it was like the one pictured on the page below, but imagine that with a narrow path through shoulder high reeds). At this point the heavens opened with sideways pelting rain and I was starting to feel (as the audio was suggesting) that I was Peter Grimes. Soaked I entered the hut, which turned out to be, internally, a replica of one I'd seen already on the beach. This time, however, I looked around and there was 'The Boy' and, after observing him and he interacting with me and, as the music swelled and boomed in the hut, he pushed me back towards the wall, at which point another door opened and I went out to be confronted by 'The Borough'. Imagine, in that rainswept marshland, being confronted by a six or seven people dotted around in the reeds wearing oilskins glaring menacingly at you, with a massive bloke getting really rather too close with a big stick. I'm not afraid to say that I was blubbing at that point but, thankfully, my life was spared. After this the sun peeked through the clouds as I trudged away to the end point, listening to Peter Pears' incomparable voice (Now the Great Bear and Pleiades I think, but I was a bit shaky by that point). It was as though somebody was operating a heavenly weather system at the right moments.


It took ages to get there and ages to get back but it was worth it. I hope they put it on again in future festivals.

#258749 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Backdrifter on 17 March 2013 - 11:47 AM

View Postarmadillo, on 17 March 2013 - 11:09 AM, said:

This didn't happen to me but a  friend said there was a bloke behind her loudly pointing out to his companion  the name and party of each PM in The Audience until it got to Eden who he, apparently couldn't identify even after a whole scene :lol:
That reminds me of an incident that wasn't so much 'bad behaviour' - not sure what the category would be - at a performance of Danton's Death at the NT. When people started being guillotined, which was portrayed quite effectively, the man behind us leaned in to his companion and helpfully stage-whispered: "False heads" by way of explaining the apparent decapitations.

Similarly, at a NT platform talk given by Peter Hall he was discussing directing Shakespeare plays. Near me was a supercillious man with his glum teenage son who was clearly undergoing Shakespeare Induction and was having it in stereo, with Sir Peter's explanations receiving affirmation and back-up from Father. At one point Hall quoted the opening lines of Merchant of Venice to illustrate pentameter. The man, with eyes closed and a fixed smile, nodded his head in time with the lines, then as Hall said "Those are the opening lines of the Merchant of Venice" the man leaned in to his son and said "Yes, that is correct." I'm sure Hall would've been relieved.

Perhaps the above are Slightly Annoying or Plain Silly Behaviour at a Show.

#251123 Favourite Lyrics In Les Mis

Posted jamescrispy94 on 06 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

"It's just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right, put your hands on your hip, and bend your knees in time, and it's the pelvic thrust that drives you really insane..."

Best lyrics in the whole show <3

#247618 Theatre Seating Reviews

Posted theatremonkey.com on 03 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

Hi Becky, yes K is very different to T. K has a mass of legroom and can see the whole stage, T is cramped and can't. K is one of my favourite rows, T is just somewhere I'd sit if I had to... Not sure why they clumped them together either.

Any help is indeed good - Trip Advisor can be helpful and there are blogs and other sites, but I'm so glad you are a Theatremonkey fan.

The site celebrated 12 years online on 1st December 2012 (older than "Trip Advisor" I think!), and I still love the fact that a single person (me) had done over 20 years of research before I wrote that first site, and I still learn more every time. It remains unique in what it does, and thousands of readers' help keep it what it is, I hope, too. :)

Glad you liked the text re-vamp, 6 weeks and a surgical wrist strap later... and that's just the start...

Happy Theatregoing,

#243792 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Latecomer on 04 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

View PostFront Row Dress, on 04 November 2012 - 01:21 PM, said:

Wish there was a "like" button for xanderl's post above :lol:

I'm stating the obvious but ....there is!

#243744 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted foxa on 04 November 2012 - 02:07 PM

Xanderl is on a roll - two very funny posts (I have sat silently through two terrible mumbly stage performances of Rebecca Hall's - but no more!)

The birthday cake image is particulary hilarious.

#243705 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted xanderl on 04 November 2012 - 08:33 AM



But as the 25-year-old delivered the play's final words on its opening night it became clear that one member of the audience was less than impressed.

"Stop, stop, stop," a mystery voice boomed from the stalls. "It doesn't work and you don't work. It is not good enough. I could be at home watching television."
They were stunned to discover that the culprit was none other than Sir Peter Hall, former director of the National Theatre and a colossus of the theatre world.

I wish I'd taken this approach and shouted at his daughter during his rubbish production of Twelfth Night.

#243742 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Front Row Dress on 04 November 2012 - 01:21 PM

Wish there was a "like" button for xanderl's post above :lol:

#238542 The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread

Posted MS1995 on 26 September 2012 - 07:26 PM

Agreed. I know for one that I would be very offended if I was a performer and I found out people were discussing whether on not I was pregnant! (Although that may well have something to do with being male...)

#238512 The Only Way Is Essex - The Musical

Posted Seriously on 26 September 2012 - 04:55 PM

Essex Road